Monday, 24 February, 2020

Trump complains, Feds look to cut Stone's recommended term

Roger Stone leaves federal court with his wife Nydia Stone on the day he was found guilty last fall Roger Stone leaves federal court with his wife Nydia Stone on the day he was found guilty last
Robin Buchanan | 12 February, 2020, 00:25

Longtime President Donald Trump associate Roger Stone could be headed to jail for up to nine years after federal prosecutors in Washington D.C. recommended that Stone serve seven to nine years in prison after he was convicted of false statements and witness tampering charges related to the Russian Federation investigation last year.

"Department of Justice officials discovered that the very first, quite stiff recommendation from prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington to be" excess", according to this Associated Press.

"The Department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the filing in the Stone case last night", the DOJ official reportedly told Fox.

Stone's sentencing recommendation isn't the first to raise eyebrows.


Former Trump Advisor Roger Stone's prosecution has moved to the center of today's news cycle, as the possibility of the Department of Justice overturning Stone's sentence is rumored.

His arrest came as part of Robert Mueller's Russian interference probe, which found that Stone had made efforts to obtain emails hacked by Russia.

Prosecutors charged that Stone lied to Congress about his conversations about WikiLeaks with NY radio host Randy Credico - who had scored an interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016 - and conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.

But it was Trump's Twitter plea, calling out the "horrible and very unfair situation" in which his former campaign ally had found himself, that got Stone's plight trending among the #MAGA contingent. "The sentencing recommendation was not what had been briefed to the Department". Normally, United States attorneys have wide latitude to recommend sentences on cases that they prosecuted.


The self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" was convicted of crimes that include obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Trump also shared tweets from other users who were concerned over the recommendation from prosecutors.

Stone has denied wrongdoing and consistently criticized the case against him as politically motivated. The order was issued after Stone posted a photo on Instagram appearing to show crosshairs next to a picture of Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

During the 2016 project, Stone had actually pointed out in meetings as well as public looks that he touched with Assange with a relied on intermediary as well as meant inside expertise of WikiLeaks' strategies. In emails and texts, Stone told Credico among other things: "Prepare to die", "You're a rat".


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