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Dramatic DOJ Reversal in Roger Stone Case; How Far Will Barr Go?

February 12, 2020
Roger Stone leaving the courthouse after his April 30, 2019 status hearing. Photo: Victoria Pickering (Flickr/Creative Commons/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Roger Stone leaving the courthouse after his April 30, 2019 status hearing. Photo: Victoria Pickering (Flickr/Creative Commons/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Tuesday afternoon’s breathless Washington Post headline is that Attorney General William Barr has intervened to deep-six a sentencing recommendation by line prosecutors in the Roger Stone case after President Donald Trump tweeted that it was unfair. The Post pontificates that this is horrible political interference by the only two people charged by the Constitution and applicable law with administering the laws of the United States, the President and his Attorney General, an irony seemingly well beyond the comprehension of Washington Post journalists.

Late in the day the Post was busily obtaining statements of outrage from such as Mary McCord, the former Justice Department National Security Division head who had been caught up in the entrapment of Michael Flynn, and more recently saw duty feverishly working for Adam Schiff in Ukrainegate. McCord, echoed by others, claimed that Attorney General Barr was politicizing the DOJ by intervening in the Stone case.

There is much more to this story which will be covered soon. It concerns the knife fight going on behind closed doors in Washington, as to how far Bill Barr will go in the reckoning now due for three years of outright sedition against the Presidency of the United States.

The line prosecutors include lead prosecutor Aaron Zelensky, assigned to Stone’s case under Robert Mueller, and prosecutors working in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. who collaborated with Mueller, including Jonathan Kravis, who signed the now-rejected sentencing recommendation. As of Tuesday afternoon, both Zelensky and Kravis had resigned as Assistant U.S. Attorneys, although Zelensky will reportedly return to the office of the U.S. Attorney in Maryland where he previously served.

Attorney General Barr also recently replaced Jessie Liu, who headed the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s office during Mueller’s investigations, with his own personal assistant Timothy Shea. Shea is now acting U.S. Attorney for Washington, the probable venue for any prosecution of those involved in the coup against the President.

Simple truth here is that the Stone sentencing recommendation was egregiously unfair, under anyone’s standards, recommending a seven- to nine-year jail term for lying to Congress, trash talking a potential Congressional witness, and outrageously dissing the federal judge in charge of the railroad against Stone, all allegedly committed by a 67-year-old first-time offender. Stone’s real crime, in the minds of the Robert Mueller attack dogs, and their media and federal courthouse allies, was his loyalty to President Trump, and disloyalty to the establishment hacks who had previously supported and loved Stone for his mastery of bare-knuckle political tactics. Stone is now scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20.

A Justice source, claiming that the DOJ was blindsided by the sentencing recommendation, told the Post: “That recommendation is not what had been briefed to the Department. The Department finds the recommendation extreme and excessive and disproportionate to Stone’s offenses.” The same source said the decision to revise the recommendation occurred before Trump’s tweet, which called the proposed sentence a “travesty of justice.”

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