Updated 12:38 PM EST, Thu February 20, 2020
Roger Stone, a longtime Republican campaign adviser and confidant of US President Donald Trump, was sentenced to 40 months in prison on Thursday.
Stone was found guilty last year of lying to Congress and threatening a witness regarding his efforts for Trump's 2016 campaign.
Prosecutors had initially asked Stone to be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison, resting that recommendation on the severity of his crimes and behavior. Trump called that ask "very unfair" in a late-night tweet. Attorney General William Barr overrode the recommendation the next day, saying seven years in prison would be too harsh.
During the 2016 campaign, Stone sought to spread smears about Hillary Clinton and openly bragged of being in touch with WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. Congress called him to testify, and he covered up discussions he had with Trump campaign officials about trying to reach Assange and efforts he made to use another associate of his as a WikiLeaks liaison.