Just a day after prosecutors recommended Trump confidante
Roger Stone get a seven-to-nine-year sentence for charges stemming from Robert
Mueller’s Russian probe, the Justice Department reportedly has intervened reduce
what it views as “extreme, excessive and grossly
disproportionate” recommendation, a department official said.
Stone, who prosecutors condemned
for a “direct and brazen attack on the rule of
law,” was convicted on seven
counts, including obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress.
During his last fall, former
Trump Deputy Campaign Manager and convicted felon Rick Gates, said Stone served
as a liaison between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, which published a
steady stream of hacked DNC emails, stolen by Russia and used to damage Hillary
Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016.
President Trump took to Twitter yesterday
to denounce the sentencing guidelines as “a horrible and very unfair situation,”
tweeting “Cannot allow this
miscarriage of justice!” In
later tweets, Trump seemed to imply he was mulling a pardon for his long-time business
associate and adviser.
The sentencing memo reportedly caught the Justice Department by surprise,
the department official told
Fox News. “The department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation
in the filing in the Stone case last night,” the official said. “The sentencing
recommendation was not what had been briefed to the Department.”
The Justice Department
is expected to file a new sentencing memo today.