US President Donald Trump spared long-time ally Roger Stone other penalties when he commuted his prison sentence last week, court documents show.
The published clemency order showsthis includes the commuting of a $20,000 (£15,930) fine and a two-year term of supervised release. It does not, however, annul his criminal record.
Stone was convicted in 2019 of lying to Congress and witness tampering.
He had been due to report to a federal prison in Georgia on 14 July.
Speaking to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday night, Stone said he believed his reprieve had saved him from “a near-death sentence”.
“I was literally hours away from being sent to a Covid-infested prison in violation of the current Bureau of Prisons and DoJ [Department of Justice] policies,” he said in his first TV appearance since Friday’s presidential clemency.
He added: “I’m 67 years old, I’ve had a lifelong problem with respiratory problems.”
He also told ABC News he had spoken to Mr Trumpon Friday night: “[He] was very kind; it was a normal conversation. It wasn’t stilted, it was brief. He asked how my wife was doing.
“He told me he signed an act of clemency which was a full commutation. He also said that it was a commutation rather than a pardon because Trump believes I did not get a fair trial, and he believes I have a good chance of being exonerated in an appeal – in other words, vacate my conviction, then it’s up to the Justice Department if they