President TrumpDonald John TrumpChasten Buttigieg: ‘I’ve been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life’Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump’s ‘opportunity zone’ programWe must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuriesMORE on Thursday said he believes his longtime confidant Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneProsecutor defends initial DOJ recommendation at Stone sentencingGraham: Trump has ‘all the legal authority in the world’ to pardon StoneThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Roger Stone gets over three years in prison; Brutal night for BloombergMORE has a very good chance of exoneration, but that he intends to let the legal process play out after Stone was sentenced to more than three years in prison earlier in the day.
Im following this very closely, and I want to see it play out to its fullest because Roger has a very good chance of exoneration in my opinion, Trump said during remarks at a prisoner graduation event in Las Vegas.
Im not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the United States. I want the process to play out, Trump added. I think thats the best thing to do. Because Id love to see Roger exonerated, and Id love to see it happen, because I personally believe he was treated very unfairly.
The president has fueled speculation that he plans to pardon Stone with his commentary on the case in recent weeks.
Trump made his latest remarks on the case at the outset of remarks at a graduation ceremony for ex-felons who had completed the Hope for Prisoners program, hours after a federal judge sentenced Stone to 40 months in jail for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a proceeding. 
Stone earlier this month filed a petition for a new trial after Trump amplified accusations of potential bias on the part of the forewoman on the jury that convicted Stone last November. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, declined to postpone Stones sentencing as she considered his motion for a retrial. 
The president on Thursday offered a lengthy testimonial defending Stone and cast doubt on the circumstances that led to his conviction and sentencing. Trump downplayed the connection between Stone and his 2016 campaign, but praised the conservative provocateur as a smart guy and a good person.
Roger Stone and everybody has to be treated fairly, he said. And this has not been a fair process. OK?
Trump also repeated questions about the forewoman of the jury that convicted Stone, claiming she had been exposed as an anti-Trump person and suggesting that her presence on the jury had tainted the fairness of the process. 
Is that a defrauding of the court? You tell me, Trump asked the crowd, claiming she hid her bias.  
The president also appeared to question the legitimacy of the charges against Stone. He said the witness tampering Stone was convicted for was not like the tampering he was familiar with from movies where people are held at gunpoint. He also questioned why James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump decries lack of ‘fairness’ in Stone trial ahead of sentencingBlagojevich heaps praise on Trump after release from prisonFree Roger StoneMORE, Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeGraham: Trump has ‘all the legal authority in the world’ to pardon StoneTrump decries lack of ‘fairness’ in Stone trial ahead of sentencingFree Roger StoneMORE and other former government officials had not faced punishment for their actions.
At some point I will make a determination, Trump said. This has not been a fair process.  
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He was convicted last November by a jury in Washington, D.C., of all counts he was charged with, which include lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a proceedings. 
The presidents remarks were sure to overshadow what was intended as a commencement ceremony for prisoners who had graduated a prison reform program.