Chaos reigns in D.C., over the Department of Justice’s decision to allow President Impeached to derail the sentencing of friend and informal 2016 Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone.
As the News Blender covered Tuesday afternoon, in the wee small hours of Tuesday morning President Impeached tweeted his outraged that the Department of Justice had filed a sentencing recommendation of 7-9 years for Stone following a fall conviction in a D.C. Courtroom.
Disgraceful! https://t.co/nNXEjJuVyw— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
As the world woke up Tuesday to see President Impeached outcry of a “miscarriage of justice,” the DOJ according to two Fox News Correspondents, David Spunt and Jake Gibson would clarify the Departments positions on sentencing sometime late Tuesday.
In light of the reversal three prosecutors have withdrawn from the Stone case, Aaron Zelinsky, who will stay with the Baltimore U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jonathan Kravis, who has also resigned from his job, and Adam Jed.
Deleted this tweet because it appears Zelinsky's resignation was from his position as special assistant U.S. attorney in DC but he still retains his post in the U.S. attorney's office in Maryland. pic.twitter.com/b1w0rieHew— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 11, 2020
JUST IN: A second STONE prosecutor withdraws from the case. This time, it's Jonathan Kravis. pic.twitter.com/gTdA0VwLEw— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 11, 2020
A THIRD Stone prosecutor has now dropped out of the case: Adam Jed. pic.twitter.com/vLzMxJi5Z7— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 11, 2020
The DOJ has filed a new sentencing memo without recommending a number, but explaining that Stone’s age and health should be taken into account.
The new recommendation indicates the sentence could reasonably be "far less" than the original one supported by prosecutors. pic.twitter.com/fUsYdBaJfQ— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 11, 2020
DOJ arguing against itself here. It says the impact of Stone's obstruction on the government's trial is unclear. https://t.co/q3HZ6Rcg2k pic.twitter.com/zyMbU2IiSM— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 11, 2020
The steep sentence recommendation was largely based on an allegation that Stone threatened to harm Randy Credico if he testified truthfully.— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 11, 2020
Now DOJ says that the court should consider Credico's claim that he didn't really feel threatened.https://t.co/q3HZ6RtQTS pic.twitter.com/4CZByfMZ1i
Lastly, DOJ says the court should consider Stone's "advanced age, health" and other personal characteristics, inlcuding lack of a criminal history. Stone is 67. pic.twitter.com/PI2B8YFXu7— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 11, 2020
President Impeached was asked about his interference with the Stone sentencing and said, “I didn’t speak to the Justice, but I have the absolute right,” to interfere.
Asked about Roger Stone, Trump says he has an “absolute right” to tell the Justice Department what to do pic.twitter.com/AZRv9Aff7P— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 11, 2020
Hasn’t been involved, *checks notes* aside from issuing two tweets two retweets in the middle of the night regarding the “disgrace,” of the recommended sentencing.
At the writing of this post, a 4th prosecutor has withdrawn from the Stone case.
MARANDO OUT pic.twitter.com/cG8uS2tjbo— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) February 11, 2020
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It was reported on Tuesday morning that Attorney General William Barr said:
Old enough to remember Bill Barr giving a speech slamming local prosecutors for not throwing the book at defendants. And that’s because he gave that speech THIS MORNING.— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) February 11, 2020
House Intelligence Chairman and led Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff (D-CA), responded to the reversal on Stone’s sentencing.
Roger Stone lied to the House Intelligence Committee and threatened a witness in an effort to cover up candidate Trump’s efforts to communicate with Wikileaks in releasing the Russian-hacked emails. He was found guilty on all charges.
If reports are correct [there are correct], the Department of Justice and Attorney General Bill Barr are poised to overrule career prosecutors who made a sentencing recommendation yesterday, following a midnight tweet from the President attacking the proposed length of sentence.
I do not take a position on the proper prison term for Mr. Stone, but it would be a blatant abuse of power if President Trump has in fact intervened to reverse the recommendations of career prosecutors at the Department of Justice.
Doing so would send an unmistakable message that President Trump will protect those who lie to Congress to cover up his own misconduct, and that the Attorney General will join him in that effort.
Coupled with the President’s blatant retaliation against those who helped expose his wrongdoing, the Trump Administration poses the gravest threat to the rule of law in America in a generation.”Schiff Statement 02/11/2020.
If only there had been away to prevent President Impeached from continuing to believe that he has the “absolute right,” to do or say whatever the hell he wants without consequences.
Susan Collins threatening to frown VERY hard over this https://t.co/U5IlkgRZD8— Ben Wexler (@mrbenwexler) February 11, 2020