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DOJ, prosecutors at odds over Stone sentence

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/12/20, 11:56 am

WASHINGTON—Four federal prosecutors quit the case against Roger Stone on Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Justice dialed down its sentencing recommendations for the longtime ally of President Donald Trump. A federal jury convicted Stone last year of lying to Congress and obstructing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Stone was accused of concealing his attempts to discover WikiLeaks’ plans to release stolen emails damaging to 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. On Monday night, the prosecutors recommended Stone serve seven to nine years behind bars, but the Justice Department said the sentence should be “far less” than that.

Why the change? Democratic lawmakers suggested the Justice Department submitted to Trump’s wishes after the president called the case against Stone a “miscarriage of justice” in a tweet sent a few hours before the announcement. But the Justice Department said it made the decision Monday night, before Trump’s tweet, and that prosecutors had not spoken to the White House about it. In addition to walking off the case, one assistant U.S. attorney resigned and another said he would transfer from his post as a special prosecutor in Washington.

Dig deeper: Read my report about Stone’s conviction in The Sift.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • AlanE
    Posted: Wed, 02/12/2020 10:28 pm

    Slowly, but surely, both sides of the political spectrum seem bent on demonstrating how corrupt they are and how they serve, first and foremost, only the interests of their own party. Eventually, they might make believers of a critical mass of the populace.

    Posted: Wed, 02/12/2020 11:45 pm

    I'm still waiting for the prosecution of Obama's minions. They bleached their computers and oops! busted them. And we get nothing while they lounge on a beach somewhere? 

    Stone should be freed. For every Republican they point to and want arrested there are 3 Dems who should be in jail for WAY more stuff. No I can't name the stuff, but as long as the Dem controlled media give Dems a pass for everything, justice will never get done. 

    Now they want to impeach Barr for doing his job? What would they do if he were running guns through Mexico?

    I guess next on the list is for Dems to impeach Trump for getting Stone off, which Presidents are allowed to do. Well, everyone except Trump, I guess because he wasn't supposed to get elected. He wasn't their choice for Pres. so they have been after him from before he was even sworn in as Pres. Not just Trump, but his family and employees as well. 

  • AlanE
    Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 10:15 am

    I understand your frustration. I do. But, if Trump is really God's man for the moment, it's time to consider what the meaning of I Peter 4:17 is. It's tough for me to believe it's come to Christians defending the behavior of Roger Stone.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 10:57 pm

    Even if Roger Stone is guilty of any actual crime, people who commit armed robbery or manslaughter often get lesser sentences than what was proposed for Stone. A little sense of proportion, please?

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sun, 02/16/2020 01:12 am

    There is a two tiered justice system in America- one for conservatives and another for liberals! Obama stacked the Justice Department with radical liberals who feel they can push their own liberal political agendas against the president and conservatives in general. Tucker Carlson says it best: