On Monday, the prosecution submitted a sentencing recommendation to the court in the case against Roger Stone. They recommended seven to nine years in prison.
There was immediate push-back from court watchers. As one example, Bonchie at RedState had this to say, in a blog post:
“Prosecutors want to give 9 years to a 67 year old man for a couple of process crimes.”
There was immediate push-back from the Department of Justice.
There was immediate push-back from President Trump. He tweeted:
On Tuesday morning the Department of Justice rescinded the sentencing memorandum.
The revised recommendation doesn’t ask for a particular sentence but says the one that was recommended earlier “does not accurately reflect the Department of Justice’s position on what would be a reasonable sentence in this matter” and that the actual sentence should be “far less.”
It urges the judge in the case, Amy Berman Jackson, to consider Stone’s “advanced age, health, personal circumstances, and lack of criminal history in fashioning an appropriate sentence.”
“The defendant committed serious offenses and deserves a sentence of incarceration,” but based “on the facts known to the government, a sentence of between 87 to 108 months’ imprisonment, however, could be considered excessive and unwarranted under the circumstances. Ultimately, the government defers to the Court as to what specific sentence is appropriate under the facts and circumstances of this case,” the filing said.
The four prosecutors all quit.
Aaron Zelinsky resigned as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Washington, D.C., office. It appears he continues to work for the Justice Department in his earlier capacity with the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Jonathan Kravis resigned as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C.
Adam Jed and Michael Marando said they are withdrawing from the case.
There were immediate howls from Media and Democrats.
The hue and cry is that President Trump interfered with Justice on behalf of his pal Roger Stone.
All the usual suspects said all their usual garbage to all the Leftist “journalists” at Talking Snake Media. Kamala Harris and Chuck Schumer called for “investigations!,” as did Nancy Pelosi and her gang of thugs in the House.
Of course they did.
Leftists have been attacking William Barr for months. They make stuff up routinely. He is high on their list; they would love to attempt a ‘high-tech lynching’ with him as the target.
“Attorney General William Barr should be ashamed and embarrassed and resign as a result of this action directly interfering in the independent prosecution of Roger Stone,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Wednesday.
Attorney General William Barr called their bluff. He immediately agreed to appear at the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions on the matter.
President Trump was in full counterattack mode. “I have every right” said he, to express his views.
A DOJ flak said that the brain trust at Justice had already decided to reel back the egregious sentencing memo before the President weighed in. The President’s tweet hit at 2:00 am on Tuesday morning, so that is entirely plausible.
Pop the popcorn. The fun never stops.