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Stone Gets 3 Years, 4 Months as Judge Says Original Ask of 7 to 9 was Too Much

According to the Washington Examiner:

Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Roger Stone to 40 months in prison Thursday after the Justice Department recommended a nearly decade-long sentence last week before Attorney General William Barr controversially intervened and walked it back.

“He was not prosecuted, as some complained, for standing up for the president,” Jackson said. “He was prosecuted for covering up for the president.”

Stone, a self-described “dirty trickster” and longtime confidant to President Trump, was swept up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and arrested last January. He was found guilty in November on five separate counts of lying to the House Intelligence Committee during its investigation into Russian interference about his alleged outreach to WikiLeaks, in addition to one count that he “corruptly influenced, obstructed, and impeded” the congressional investigation and another for attempting to “corruptly persuade” the congressional testimony of radio show host Randy Credico.

Jackson sentenced Stone to 40 months for obstruction of justice and 12 months for the other five counts to be served concurrently. Stone also received a $20,000 fine and 24 months of supervised release when he gets out.

Jackson said that “the government’s original memorandum was thorough,” and “any suggestion that the prosecutors in this case did anything untoward or unethical is false.” But she admitted that seven to nine years in prison “would be unnecessary.” The judge said, “I sincerely doubt,” she would have sentenced him to that many years behind bars, even if there hadn’t been a firestorm surrounding the case.

Four Prosecutors in Roger Stone Case Resign After DOJ Changes Sentencing Request

Hear comes your next scandal.

From the Washington Examiner:

All four prosecutors in the Roger Stone case withdrew from their roles after the Justice Department reversed course in seeking a lengthy prison sentence for the Republican operative.

The officials, three of whom were members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating a possible criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, left after President Trump condemned the original sentencing recommendation of up to nine years in prison.

Addressing reporters Tuesday evening outside the White House, Trump denied that he played a role in the decision by the Justice Department to lower its sentencing recommendation for Stone. “I would be able to do it if I wanted, I have the absolute right to do it. I stay out of things to a degree that people wouldn’t believe. But I didn’t speak to them,” Trump said. “I thought the recommendation was ridiculous. I thought the whole prosecution was ridiculous.”

Roger Stone Says He Won’t Testify Against Trump

Roger Stone, arrested today on charges filed by special prosecutor Robert Muller, told reporters after his arraignment that he will not testify against President Trump.

And that, of course, is what all of this is about. Mueller doesn’t give a damn about Stone. What he wants is to flip him and get him to expose whatever crimes Mueller thinks Trump has committed.

That’s why Mueller sent half the FBI to arrest him at his home in Fort Lauderdale. Because he want to intimidate him.

Mueller said he won’t testify against Trump because that would be bearing false witness. That is, in his opinion, Trump has done nothing wrong. And I believe, unlike others Mueller has indicted, Stone will not be turned against his longtime friend.

One thing Mueller is looking for is for Stone to say that he and President Trump knew that talking to Wikileaks to get dirt on Hillary — which is not itself a crime, let emphasize — is evidence of collusion because Trump and the campaign knew Wikileaks was in contact with Russia.

As far as I know, there is no evidence they knew. Nor is there even evidence Stone knew. But that’s what Mueller is hoping.

Roger Stone: Attempt to Remove Trump Would Cause Civil War

I don’t know if it would cause a Civil War.

Violence? Could happen.

Most Republicans understand that this kind of never-ending Russia investigation was not justified by the facts. And a lot of people would be very unhappy, to put it mildly, if it led to impeachment. Because Democrats are not even bothering to hide that they think the election was illegitimate and they want President Trump out.

From a Newsweek article describing an interview with former Trump advisor Roger Stone:

“If there is an illegal attempt to remove the president,” he says, “you’re going to have a civil war in this country.” Meaning actual violence? “There’s white-hot hatred for Trump,” Stone answers, “and there is white-hot opposition to an attempt to [re]move him. Anything that is judged to be doctored or cooked up, it’s not going to go well.”Who, then, will fire the first shot in this civil war? “Who[ever] wins the House,” he says.

On that note, it’s time for martinis.

Opinion about Mueller has sunk to an all-time low, among Republicans and in general, according to a new poll by Politico. Of course, Politico blames “attacks” on Mueller as opposed to the conduct of the probe itself:

Months of sustained conservative attacks led by President Donald Trump and his allies has harmed Mueller most among Republicans, with a record 53 percent now saying they view the lead Russia investigator in an unfavorable light. That’s a 26-point spike since July, when the poll first started asking voters whether they viewed Mueller favorably or unfavorably.

Mueller’s unfavorable numbers have hit highs among both Democrats and independents, at 24 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Thirty-six percent of all registered voters are also seeing Mueller unfavorably, which represents the highest level since the polling first raised the topic 11 months ago. Back then, 23 percent of all voters said they viewed Mueller negatively.

With all the accusations that Trump is some kind of fascist, it is Democrats, with their constant talk of impeachment and even abolishing the Electoral College, who are the ones undermining the republic.