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President trump's longtime ally roger stone who was convicted of seven charges including witness tampering and lying to congress learned his sentence today?

40 months in prison.

The case has been the frequent target of the president and has sparked controversy within the department of justice.

Skyler henry reports from outside the federal courthouse in washington, dc.

(track #1)roger stone arrived at the federal courthouse in washington where the judge sentenced the longtime republican operative to prison time for convictions on charges including obstruction, lying to congress and witness tampering.

(nats) (track #2)the case?

Stemming from robert mueller's investigation sparked a firestorm of controversy last week.

Attorney general william barr overruled the sentencing recommendati on of his own department's prosecutors who had wanted stone to serve 7 to 9 years in prison.

Barr's decision became public hours after president trump criticized the original sentencing recommendati on in a tweet, calling it a "miscarriage of justice."

((sot potus/ tuesday) i think it was a very, very rough thing that happened to roger stone.

(track #3)(doj file)all four trial prosecutors resigned from the case and barr publically rebuked the president for his tweets.

Barr said they made it impossible for him to do his job.

The president ignored barr's criticism, (gfx) firing off more tweets about the judge and the jury foreperson in the stone case&amp;.

During thursday's hearing the president tweeted againãquestioning the fairness of prosecutors.

(bridge skyler henry/cbs news, washington, dc) stone's trial not only has some split inside the justice department..

Outside the courthouse there are advocates who think the republican operative should be in jail and supporters calling for president trump to pardon him.

(track #4)president trump's decision this week to commute the sentence of former illinois governor rod blagojevich among others..

Has increased the speculation about an eventual pardon stone.

The president said this week he hasn't given it any thought, but that he thinks stone has been treated very unfairly.

Skyler henry, cbs news, washington, dc.

Stone's defense team had asked for a delay in sentencing as they pursue a new trial but the judge refused.

Stone has denied wrongdoing.

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