President Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone on Thursday was sentenced to 40 months in prison. Stone was found guilty in November on seven counts, including lying to Congress and witness tampering. His sentencing had been the subject of controversy after federal prosecutors originally asked for seven to nine years in prison, only to reverse course after President Trump complained. Four prosecutors subsequently quit the case. During the hearing on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that Stone was "not prosecuted for standing up for the president" but rather for "covering up for the president." After the sentencing, Trump said he is "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."

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