By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) President Donald Trump on Tuesday took to Twitter to criticize a recommendation by federal prosecutors that longtime GOP operative Roger Stone serve seven-to-nine years behind bars.
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The president called the recommendation “very unfair” and characterized it as a “miscarriage of justice” in his first public comments about Stone since his indictment.
“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!” Trump said, sharing a message from a Daily Caller reporter about federal prosecutors’ recommendation for Stone’s prison sentence.
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! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
The Hill notes further:
The tweet marked Trump’s first reaction to the recommended sentence for his longtime associate, who was found guilty of lying to Congress and witness tampering last fall. Justice Department prosecutors recommended in a Monday filing that Stone serve between 7 and 9 years in prison, in accordance with federal guidelines.
The government wrote that such a sentence would “accurately reflect the seriousness of his crimes and promote respect for the law.”
Stone’s crimes were uncovered in the course of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, a probe that Trump regularly rails against as a “witch hunt.”
Stone was convicted in November of seven counts of obstructing and lying to Congress and witness tampering related to his contacts with the Trump campaign regarding WikiLeaks in 2016.
No matter what you think of Stone, the sentencing recommendation seems grossly excessive, given what others who were actually engaged in an attempt to depose a duly elected president have gotten away with (so far). If “lying to Congress” was such a grave offense, for example, then why hasn’t former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper been charged along with his pal, former CIA Director John Brennan?
As for witness tampering, federal charges can range from a year behind bars to 20 years to life, depending on the severity of the act. But we’re talking about Roger Stone here; how much ‘physical’ could he seriously bring to ‘physically tampering with a witness’?
In any event, barring intervention from the president, it certainly looks like Stone will do some time, and if he’s guilty, he should. But that said, if Stone’s conviction is allowed to stand without subsequent indictments of those involved in Spygate, how can Americans come away with any conclusion other than our system of ‘justice’ is now officially two-tiered?
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