Roger Stone was just sentenced by a federal judge to 40 months in prison in a stunning turn of events – it looks like Trump will have to pardon Roger.
The judge will not send Roger to jail right now but will instead wait until she rules on whether Stone should get a new trial after social media posts surfaced from a juror showing a political bias against Stone and Trump.
Court reporter Dan Friedman tweeted out this stunning development from inside the court:
“Roger Stone sentence: Count 1-40 months…Counts 2-6-12 months concurrently for each count…Count 7-18 months, concurrent with other counts. $20,000 fine.”
“The truth still matters. Roger Stone’s insistence that it doesn’t his pride in his own lies are a threat to the very foundation of this democracy,” the judge said.
“The big news here is that DOJ’s new lawyers seem to have just backed off the second, Barr-influenced second memo and stuck by the initial sentencing recommendation. Wow.”
They ignored Bill Barr and Trump and those prosecutors will face the music I am guessing.
“The judge finds guidelines 70-87 months,” reports court reporter Josh Gerstein setting up a pardon from Trump.
Judge Jackson ripped into Stone: “It’s important to note he didn’t just fire off a few intemperate emails it wasn’t accidental.
“He knew exactly what he was doing. This is intolerable for the administration of justice,” Jackson added.
“We had to waste considerable amount of time to get the defendant to comply with court orders. Therefore I’m going to add the two levels and we are now at a Level 27,” Jackson said.
From ABC: 10:55 a.m. Judges sides with defense on proposed sentence enhancement for obstructive conduct
On a third proposed sentence enhancement, Judge Jackson sides with defense counsel — alleviating some pressure on Stone.
“I’m not going to add two more levels for that,” Jackson says, after hearing arguments about a proposed enhancement for additional obstructive conduct.
She is now addressing an additional sentence enhancement – specifically related to Stone’s controversial social media postings about Judge Jackson herself.
10:43 a.m. Judge appears to side with government on seriousness of Stone’s witness tampering
In a blow to Stone, Judge Jackson has twice sided with prosecutors, who have sought to invoke sentence level increases based on a statute accounting for physical threats.
After an exchange about the veracity of prosecutors’ claims that Stone did, in fact, threaten his longtime associate, Randy Credico (and Credico’s therapy dog, Bianca), Jackson sides with the government.
Justifying her decision to side with prosecutors, she recites several specific quotes — many of which include expletives — that reflect Stone’s threats against Credico and his dog.
ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas points out that Judge Jackson is taking her time, asking both sides to clarify positions taken in their sentencing memorandums.
She is meticulously taking note of arguments made by both parties and asking for explanations where she perceives ambiguity.
Trump for his part is not happy and has been hitting back:
He tweeted out: “They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.” OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary Clinton, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?
“These were Mueller prosecutors, and the whole Mueller investigation was illegally set up based on a phony and now fully discredited Fake Dossier, lying and forging documents to the FISA Court, and many other things. Everything having to do with this fraudulent investigation is…
….badly tainted and, in my opinion, should be thrown out. Even Mueller’s statement to Congress that he did not see me to become the FBI Director (again), has been proven false. The whole deal was a total SCAM. If I wasn’t President, I’d be suing everyone all over the place…
…BUT MAYBE I STILL WILL. WITCH HUNT!
Trump then lobbied for a new trial for Roger Stone after anti-Trump social media posts surfaced from one juror – even Judge Napolitano who is no fan of Trumps agrees with POTUS on this and indeed Trump quoted Judge Nap.
“Judge Jackson now has a request for a new trial based on the unambiguous & self outed bias of the foreperson of the jury, whose also a lawyer, by the way. ‘Madam foreperson, you’re a lawyer, you have a duty, an affirmative obligation, to reveal to us when we selected you the…..
…..existence of these tweets in which you were so harshly negative about the President & the people who support him. Don’t you think we wanted to know that before we put you on this jury?’ Pretty obvious he should (get a new trial). I think almost any judge in the Country…..
…..would order a new trial, I’m not so sure about Judge Jackson, I don’t know.” @Judgenap.”
“They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.” @CNN OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary Clinton, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2020