U.S. Attorney General Reverses Sentence Of Trump’s Former Aide
The United States Attorney General, William Barr has reversed the sentencing memo forwarded by prosecutors, against Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser, Roger Stone.
The Justice Department headed by the attorney general said that he would correct the sentencing recommendations, but the four U.S prosecutors who earlier made the recommendations had to quit the case in protest with one of them resigning outrightly.
This is coming a few hours after Trump attacked the court process, calling the sentencing recommendations ‘horrible.’
THE WHISTLER reported that Timothy Shea, a U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, had on Tuesday, written a sentencing memo that “Stone’s lies to Congress and his obstructive conduct are a direct and brazen attack on the rule of law,” and also recommended up to nine year imprisonment for Trump’s former aid.
Trump had reacted angrily (in a tweet) to the demand by prosecutors for a federal judge to sentence his former campaign adviser, Roger Stone to a 7 to 9 years imprisonment, saying it was “horrible and very unfair”.
Following the reversal, Trump lauded the U.S. Attorney General, William Barr on Wednesday, for reversing the jail term recommended by prosecutors against his former campaign adviser, Roger Stone.
Reuters reported that the Justice Department on Tuesday reversed course and urged a lighter sentence for Stone after prosecutors had a day earlier recommended that the veteran Republican operative face sentencing within federal guidelines of seven to nine years.
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.
Trump also blasted the prosecutors, alleging that they were just engaging in a political witch-hunt against him.
“I thought that the recommendations were ridiculous; I thought that the whole prosecution was ridiculous.
“And I look at others that haven’t been prosecuted and I don’t know where it is now; but I thought it was an insult to our country and it shouldn’t happen but we will see what goes on there.
“But that was a horrible arbitration; these are I guess, the same Mueller people that put everybody through hell and I think it’s a disgrace.
“It was a disgraceful recommendation; they should be ashamed of themselves…people that have committed major crimes are getting away with it,” he said.
Also, Democrat Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, reacted to the issue, adding that the recent development is a clue to Trump’s abusive use of power.
“What is more swampy, what is more fetid, what is more stinking than the most powerful person in the country literally changing the rules to benefit a crony?” he said.