Trump Attacks Court Over Sentence Of Former Aide
The United States President, Donald Trump has said that a demand by prosecutors for a federal judge to sentence his former campaign adviser, Roger Stone to a 7 to 9 years imprisonment is “horrible and very unfair”.
Trump said this in a tweet on Tuesday.
He said he would do what he can to ensure that the recommendations are overturned.
Stone worked as a communications strategist on Trump’s presidential campaign from June to August 2015 (but was later disengaged from it) but got into trouble after an investigative report (Robert Mueller’s investigation) on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election indicted him.
Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C. recommended on Monday that Roger Stone face the jail terms following his conviction on false statements.
Timothy Shea, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, wrote in a sentencing memo that “Stone’s lies to Congress and his obstructive conduct are a direct and brazen attack on the rule of law.”
The U.S. attorney also added that the jail term would “accurately reflect the seriousness of his crimes and promote respect for the law”.
Reuters reports that during the trial, prosecutors pressed their case that Stone lied to lawmakers about his outreach to WikiLeaks – the website that disclosed many hacked Democratic emails ahead of the 2016 U.S. election that proved embarrassing to Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton – to protect Trump from looking bad.
But Trump denies any Russian involvement in his election victory, alleging that the House Democrats are merely projecting the idea to tarnish his image.
Furthermore, the U.S. constitution empowers the president to pardon federal crimes, as the case may be.