UPDATED: Tweet added at 5:45 PM to the end of the story.
Today it was announced that the DOJ is looking at lowering Rogers Stone’s recommended sentence. Stone is due to be sentenced on February 20th. Federal prosecutors had recommended that Stone be sentenced between 87 and 108 months or 7 to 9 years for his conviction on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering, and making false statements to Congress. This all came about from the former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
This morning President Trump tweeted about Stone’s sentencing recommendation calling it disgraceful.
Disgraceful! https://t.co/nNXEjJuVyw— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
This tweet, led to some on twitter coming unhinged, speculating that Trump pushed the DOJ into changing the recommended sentencing. Congressman Jerry Nadler (R-NY) went off the deep end so to speak, tweeting “A President who intervenes in the criminal justice system to help his allies, while punishing people like Lt. Col. Vindman for telling the truth, represents a real danger and the Committee will get to the bottom of this.”
A President who intervenes in the criminal justice system to help his allies, while punishing people like Lt. Col. Vindman for telling the truth, represents a real danger and the Committee will get to the bottom of this. 2/2— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) February 11, 2020
Minority leader in the Senate Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also speculated that President Trump had something to do with the DOJ’s decision.
They’ll probably recommend no jail time, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a show on Fox News.https://t.co/yjgM397qja— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 11, 2020
However, according to Fox News: “The decision to alter the sentencing recommendation was made before that tweet, said Kerri Kupec, the director of DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs. Kupec said the DOJ has had no contact with the White House regarding the sentencing recommendation.”
A source also told Fox News “The Department finds seven to nine years extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate to Mr. Stone’s offenses,” also saying that the DOJ will clarify its position on sentencing later Tuesday.
The Fox article goes on to say, “In the wake of the news that the DOJ will revise the sentencing recommendation, the government informed the court Tuesday that Aaron Zelinsky, one of the prosecutors, intends to withdraw from the case. Zelinsky was a prosecutor on Mueller’s team.”
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch tweeted in response to the withdraw of prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky.
Stone is currently released on his recognizance but, is under a gag order imposed on him by the Judge. This all seems to be good news for Roger Stone. Regardless of Stone’s sentence, President Trump could still pardon him. The latest on the story is that 3 DOJ prosecutors have resigned in the wake of the ongoing debacle, more information is to come.
JUST IN: Third DOJ prosecutor resigns in Roger Stone case— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 11, 2020
UPDATE: According to Vice News’ Elizabeth Landers, it is now 4 prosecutors who have withdrawn from the Roger Stone case. More to come… See the tweet below:
All 4 prosecutors have withdrawn from the Roger Stone case.— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) February 11, 2020
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