Department of Justice ABANDONS call to jail Roger Stone for nine years after Donald Trump slams demand as a ‘miscarriage of justice’

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
By Paul Martin

Prosecutors had asked on Monday for Trump confidante Stone be jailed for maximum of nine years
Trump tweeted early Tuesday: ‘The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!’
Hours later the Department of Justice announced that leaders thought the demand was ‘excessive’
Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress over the Russian interference probe

By ROSS IBBETSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
11 February 2020

The Department of Justice is to walk away from its demand to jail Roger Stone for up to nine years in a move announced Tuesday, hours after Donald Trump slammed it on Twitter as a ‘miscarriage of justice.’

Leaders at the department, which is led by Attorney General Bill Barr, found it extreme and excessive, and disproportionate to Stone’s offenses, one official said.

The walk-back will inevitably be painted as designed to fall in line with Trump’s demands but one official told Fox News the decision had been made before Trump’s Twitter rant.

They did not explain why the reversal had not been announced until after the tweet. The DOJ has not said what sentence it will now seek.

Veteran ‘dirty trickster’ Stone is due to face sentencing by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on February 20, after a jury in November found him guilty on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.

Trump had tweeted in the early hours of Tuesday morning: ‘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!’

Prosecutors will now have to ask the judge for permission to abandon their initial recommendation and submit a new one. She could refuse, and can also ignore either recommendation in any case.

‘We look forward to reviewing the government’s supplemental filing,’ Stone’s lawyer, Grant Smith, said in an email to Reuters.

Stone is one of several people close to Trump who faced charges stemming from then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has the power to pardon people for federal crimes, although he has yet to use it in the cases of other former aides convicted in the wake of the Mueller investigations.

His tweet hunted he could use that power, or his power to commute sentences if Stone were to get the level of custody demanded by prosecutors.

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