Roger Stone Sentenced to 40 Months After Judge Rakes the Department of Justice and President Trump Over the Coals

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Roger Stone Sentenced to 40 Months After Judge Rakes the Department of Justice and President Trump Over the Coals

FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is examining previously undisclosed contact between former Trump campaign officials and a Russian figure alleged to have tried to sell them dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. But Stone and Michael Caputo say they believe the man was an FBI informant trying to set them up. He denied that to the Washington Post. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)


Roger Stone was in court today for sentencing and things did not go all that well for him.

The final sentence is 40 months in prison. Sentence is deferred until his appeals are exhausted.

(For the best play-by-play of the day, this is your source)

Key observations.

1. The DOJ attorney who is representing the alleged revised sentencing recommendation on Stone has basically disavowed the revised estimate and is making the same claims as were in the original recommendation.

2. The judge is using facts never adjudicated and which are not only speculative but utter bullsh** to enhance the sentence:

3. It is pretty obvious that the new US Attorney for DC, Timothy Shea, has zero authority over his staff:

4. The judge seems rather obsessed and obsessive over why the government changed its sentencing recommendation.

5. For all the tough talk, the sentence came in pretty much where the second sentencing recommendation fell and about half of what the original recommendation was–and pretty much what Manafort got. I think the judge is trying to avoid provoking a pardon of Stone just to make a point.


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