BREAKING NEWS: High level Department of Justice officials are intervening to try to shorten Roger Stone’s still-unannounced prison sentence, multiple news agencies report on Tuesday.
The Department of Justice is backing away from its sentencing recommendation of between seven to nine years in prison for Trump confidant Roger Stone, a department official told the AP.
Impeached president Donald John Trump called that proposed prison sentence for his dirty-tricks-doer pal “unfair.”
As Mark wrote about earlier today on Boing Boing, Trump tweeted just this morning that the case against Stone was a “miscarriage of justice.”
Here we are, America.
Say farewell to the rule of law.
The Justice Department will take the extraordinary step of lowering the recommended prison time for Roger Stone, an ally of President Donald Trump, a federal official said Tuesday, just hours after the president condemned the recommended sentence as “very horrible and unfair.”
The official said there was no contact with the White House before the decision was made to lower the sentence recommendation. He spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the decision. The person would not say what the new recommendation would be.
On Monday night, prosecutors had recommended Stone serve seven to nine years behind bars after being convicted of charges including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.
Feds back away from Stone sentencing proposal
[Reporting by MICHAEL BALSAMO, ASSOCIATED PRESS]
Previous Boing Boing posts on Roger Stone's wild ride.
NEW: Roger Stone might not be spending 7 to 9 years in prison for lying to protect his old boss, after all. https://t.co/OqTyonJr6k
— VICE News (@vicenews) February 11, 2020
Justice Dept. moves to reduce longtime Trump associate Roger Stone sentencing rec. hours after Trump complains on Twitter.
“That recommendation is not what had been briefed to the department,” the official said. https://t.co/iL0VOyUW8f
— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiNBC) February 11, 2020
Justice Dept. to reduce sentencing recommendation for Trump associate Roger Stone, official says, after president calls it ‘unfair’ https://t.co/3qiZ9zv69a tales from a banana republic
— Bill Bishop (@niubi) February 11, 2020