#RogerStone Senior DOJ official tells @CBSNews Department was shocked to see sentencing recommendation Stone case. This is not what was briefed to Dept. The Dept. believes recommendation is extreme, excessive, grossly disproportionate to offenses…#DEVELOPING— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) February 11, 2020
Even though Stone is a small-time scoundrel, his crimes are big-time: witness tampering, lying under oath, impeding a congressional investigation of a national security issue. https://t.co/ZNEQqJslst
Federal prosecutors on Monday said longtime President Trump confidant Roger Stone deserves a sentence of seven to nine years in prison forlying to Congressand 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.
Bill Barr spent the morning attacking reform-minded prosecutors who seek lenient sentences, saying it encourages more crime. So does he think the Department's interventionÃ¢ÂÂat Trump's apparent behestÃ¢ÂÂto reduce Roger Stone's sentence will lead to Trump committing more crimes? https://t.co/PG9QnYSdxX— The Moscow Project (@moscow_project) February 11, 2020
Really interested to see if the AUSAs who signed the Stone sentencing recommendation sign onto the next version of it. In a functioning DOJ, the US attorney would resign over this.
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.”