On Thursday, longtime Trump ally Roger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in jail for allegedly lying to Congress as well as witness tampering in the now debunked Russian collusion investigation.
The prison sentence comes after a long week of criticism from President Trump for the original outrageous prison recommendation.
Check out what The Hill reported:
Thursday’s sentencing hearing follows a tumultuous stretch that saw President Trump attack the original prosecutors, the judge and the jury in the case on behalf of his onetime adviser. And it follows the withdrawal of the original prosecution team from the case after the Justice Department amended their recommendation that Stone serve seven to nine years in prison.
During the hearing, Judge Amy Berman Jackson sharply questioned the new attorney for the prosecution, John Crabb Jr. of the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office, over the administration’s sentencing reversal.
Crabb demurred when Jackson asked whether he actually wrote the updated sentencing memo that the government submitted under his name last week or if his superiors at the Justice Department had directed him to ask for a sentence “far less” than the original recommendation. He said that he was not authorized to discuss internal department deliberations in open court.
Still, Crabb was conciliatory in his courtroom remarks, praising the original prosecution team and insisting that the Justice Department is committed to doing its job without “fear or favor.” Despite amending the original sentencing recommendation, he argued that Stone still deserves a “substantial” prison sentence.
The 40 month sentence comes after President Donald Trump spent the last week hammering the Department of Justice prosecutors for originally recommending a nine year prison sentence for Stone.
Last Tuesday, President Trump unleashed on the Justice Department.
“Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” President Trump said.
“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!” he tweeted.
Later, President Trump said “disgraceful” while responding to a tweet from Saagar Enjeti which read, “Any reasonable person knows that if this is the actual sentence for Roger Stone that it is an unhinged miscarriage of justice.”
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
Prosecutors recommended in a court filing Monday that Stone serve between 87 months and 108 months on charges that he made false statements and committed witness tampering in relation to the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation.
A Washington, D.C., jury convicted the 67-year-old Stone on Nov. 15, 2019. He will be sentenced on Feb. 20.
Stone was accused of lying to the House panel when he denied speaking with associates or anyone on the Trump campaign about WikiLeaks. House Democrats and the special counsel’s office initially investigated whether Stone worked with WikiLeaks or Russia to obtain and release Democrats’ emails during the 2016 campaign.
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