Recently, the FBI arrived at the Florida home of Roger Stone and arrested him on a federal indictment including seven felony charges. Of course, this news didn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, but to a certain degree, it did to Stone as he has implied publicly on numerous occasions that Donald Trump would surely pardon him.
However, much to Stone’s chagrin, it doesn’t appear as if that will be happening. In fact, Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have made a move to ensure that it doesn’t.
You see, considering the president can only pardon people on federal charges, all Mueller would have to do is coordinate with Florida state-officials on any state-level charges as a backup. But that doesn’t appear to be necessary because news broke later in the day on Friday that the FBI also raided Stone’s New York City apartment.
This is a rather significant development, especially if the end result of the apartment raid establishes that Stone committed any of the alleged crimes in the state of New York. Due to jurisdiction, this would allow the New York Attorney General to bring state-level charges into the fold, and it would squash any hope of a pardon that Stone may have left.
Regardless of how this ultimately plays out, it sounds as if Roger Stone is inevitably heading to prison for a while, if not for the rest of his life. And at this point, with any chance of a pardon practically off the table, a plea deal is perhaps the only thing that could possibly save him.
Will he flip on Donald Trump, though? It’s difficult to say, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and it doesn’t sound like he has any other choice.