The grant of clemency to Stone is one of only 36 Trump has granted, with 180 denied. After more than three years in office, Trump’s six predecessors had acted on hundreds or thousands of petitions for clemency…

Roughly 13,500 inmates who have sought clemency are in limbo, according to the Justice Department’s website.

A senior administration official said there were serious divisions among Trump’s aides and allies over Stone’s case, with some cautioning that keeping him out of prison could be politically risky. Among those opposed was Attorney General William P. Barr, who called the prosecution “righteous” in an interview Wednesday with ABC News, the official said, adding that those pushing Trump to show loyalty to Stone included Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is close to the president…

Earlier this year, Barr conveyed to White House officials that he thought commuting Stone’s sentence was a bad idea, according to people familiar with the discussions, but the senior administration official said there have been no conversations on the subject between the attorney general and the White House for months.