Trump’s tweet fuels speculation of pardon

The tweet came after a judge ruled Stone would be released to prison in July.

President Donald Trump further fueled Saturday morning speculation that he plans to forgive old friend and adviser Roger Stone.

After a judge gave Stone a July 14 surrender date Friday (he had tried to appear in Georgia prison on September 3), Trump tweeted a story about a petition for the president to forgive Stone while He faces a 40-month sentence for lying to Congress and misleading investigators about several key elements of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

On Saturday, Trump retweeted a message saying “IT’S TIME FOR #PardonRogerStone”

This is not the first time that a Trump tweet has raised the possibility of a pardon from Stone. Earlier this month, on June 4, the President tweeted that “Roger was the victim of a corrupt and illegal witch hunt, which will be considered the greatest political crime in history. He can sleep well at night!”

ABC News’ Alexandra Dukakis and Elizabeth Thomas contributed to this report.