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DOJ to Lower Prosecutor’s Request for 7 to 9 Years in Prison for Roger Stone After Angry Dead of Night Trump Tweet: Report

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The Dept. of Justice will intervene in the sentencing of Roger Stone by reducing the amount of time federal prosecutors requested on Monday. Prosecutors had asked for 7 to 9 years in prison for the President’s longtime friend, confidant, and former campaign advisor, but that all changed after an angry dead of night tweet from Trump.

“The Department finds seven to nine years extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate,” a Senior DOJ official told Fox News producer Jake Gibson, hours after Trump’s 2 AM tweet.

“The Department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the filing in the Stone case last night,” that official also said, according to Fox News.

Stone is being sentenced for witness tampering, lying under oath, and obstruction of Congress. He also was accused of posting an image seen by many as threatening the judge in the case. Prosecutors in their court filing said that when Stone’s “crimes were revealed by the indictment in this case, he displayed contempt for this Court and the rule of law.”

Trump went ballistic overnight, tweeting out a debunked conspiracy theory to protect Stone, calling the 7 to 9 year sentencing request “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!”

That last line led many to believe he plans to pardon Stone.

Former DOJ chief spokesperson Matthew Miller weighed in:

NY Times columnist Michelle Goldberg:

Economist David Rothschild:

 

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Jared Kushner Wrestles Control of Trump Pardon Process Away From Bill Barr’s DOJ: Report

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President Donald Trump has taken the pardon process away from the Justice Department and given more direct control to son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi.

The president granted clemency Tuesday to a group of 11 political allies, Fox News regulars and others, and he has put together an informal task force overseen by Kushner to recommend and vet new candidates, reported the Washington Post.

The group has been meeting since late last year, after Kushner recommended taking away control of the process away from the Department of Justice.

One official told the newspaper that Trump was unconcerned about criticism of this week’s pardon spree, and said more pardons would be coming before November’s election.

“He likes doing them,” the official said.

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Watch: Roger Stone Greeted With Shouts of ‘Traitor’ as He Enters DC Courthouse for Sentencing

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Trump confidant and former campaign advisor Roger Stone arrived at a D.C. courthouse minutes before 9 AM, greeted by repeated shouts of “traitor!” as he walked to the door.

Stone is expected to be sentenced by Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who has been targeted with criticism and harassment by President Donald Trump and his MAGA supporters.

Last week all four federal prosecutors quit the case after Attorney General Bill Barr intervened to reduce their sentencing recommendation, just hours after Trump posted an angry tweet.

Stone was convicted on all seven felony counts, including witness tampering and lying to Congress.

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Trump Offered Assange a Pardon to Cover Up Russia Hacking the DNC, Wikileaks Founder’s Lawyer Tells Court

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President Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a pardon if he covered up Russia’s hacking of the DNC’s server, attorneys for the Wikileaks founder say, The Daily Beast reports.

Assange’s lawyers “said Dana Rohrabacher, a former Republican congressman, had brought the message to London from Trump.” The attorneys are arguing that Assange should not be extradited to the U.S., claiming the case was political and not criminal.

“Mr Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange… said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks,” Edward Fitzgerald, Assange’s lawyer, told the court, relaying a statement produced by another Assange’s attorney.

The case, however, is not political.

Assange, were he to be extradited to the U.S., reportedly could face 175 years in jail if charged and convicted on 18 charges including conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

Rohrabacher, who claims he does not believe Russia interfered in the 2016 election, had earned the nickname “Putin’s favorite Congressman.”

The FBI in 2012 had to warn him the Kremlin considers him a valuable information asset – complete with a Russian code name.

In 2016 Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and other Republicans were speaking about Russia and Ukraine. McCarthy told the group, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”

 

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