Shocked, Shocked… will sentence leniency compel Trump to do more criming.
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) February 11, 2020
Federal prosecutors on Monday said longtime President Trump confidant Roger Stone deserves a sentence of seven to nine years in prison for lying to Congress
and tampering with a witness related to his efforts to learn about hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The sentencing filing came after days of tense debate within the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington about the proper prison term for the sixth Trump associate convicted and last person indicted in former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.
Front-line prosecutors, some previously with Mueller’s team, argued for a sentence on the higher end for Stone than some of their supervisors were comfortable with, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
A recommendation on the higher end prevailed, with prosecutors’ filings citing federal sentencing guidelines that ratchet up in cases involving obstruction that impedes the administration of justice.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) February 11, 2020
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
And then there’s this resignation of the lead prosecutor:
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 11, 2020
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) February 11, 2020
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) said the move amounted to “obstruction of justice.”
“We are seeing a full-frontal assault on the rule of law in America,” Pascrell said. “Direct political interference in our justice system is a hallmark of a banana republic. Despite whatever Trump, William Barr, and their helpers think, the United States is a nation of laws and not an authoritarian’s paradise.”