The Justice Department is preparing to change its sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone after top brass were "shocked" at the stiff prison term initially being sought, according to a senior DOJ official.
H/T: Fox News
“The Department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the filing in the Stone case last night,” the DOJ official reportedly told Fox. “The sentencing recommendation was not what had been briefed to the Department.”
Something really swampy is going on here.
Why was the prosecutor's recommendation to Judge Amy Berman Jackson different from what was originally briefed to the DOJ? Could it have been to provide fodder for the narrative that the DOJ was backing down to Trump demands? The prosecutor had to know Barr would override him. Nine years in jail for Stone is ridiculously excessive.
“This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” Trump tweeted in reaction to the tough sentencing recommendation.
This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
The DOJ has since come out and said the decision to alter the recommendation was made before Trump tweeted about the matter.
MSNBC's Natasha Bertrand, who picked up the ‘Trump pressure’ narrative right away, tweeted, “Wow--Comes just after Trump tweeted that the Stone sentencing recommendation was ‘a miscarriage of justice’ that he ‘cannot allow’.”
Wow--Comes just after Trump tweeted that the Stone sentencing recommendation was "a miscarriage of justice" that he "cannot allow" https://t.co/B1DL9Tg7Wm— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 11, 2020
Not to sound too conspiratorial, but these games are just too predictable at this point. Again, why was the DOJ briefed on a different set of sentencing guidelines?
Oh, and what do we have here? Just the Washington Post, randomly running into the fray, postulating that the DOJ decision will “surely raise questions about political meddling in the case.” Hmmm.
Trump or no Trump, the proposed sentence for a first-offender was clearly unfair. I say this as no fan of Stone. https://t.co/d10k8MdtYF— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 11, 2020
Apparently, the lead prosecutor, Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Kravis, was an associate counsel in the Obama White House from 2009 to 2010. See below.
The lead Roger Stone prosecutor clerked worked in Obama's White House Counsel's office and clerked for Stephen Breyer— Will Chamberlain 🇺🇸 (@willchamberlain) February 11, 2020
No wonder the initial sentencing recommendation was so harsh pic.twitter.com/47K0UUCqAR