After dragging longtime political consultant Roger Stone through her judicial meat grinder for over a year with the single-minded goal of incarcerating him at all cost, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson seems to be somewhat peeved. She can’t comprehend how Stone evaded prison after all she did to stuff him in the slammer.
On Monday Judge Jackson ordered the parties in Stone’s criminal case to clarify the “scope” of the president’s executive action commuting his sentence by Tuesday to address “questions raised by the U.S. Probation Office.” She demanded clarity about the scope of the clemency. Did it cover just his prison sentence or did it also include the two-year period of supervised release that was part of his sentence?
By late afternoon the Justice Department submitted a two-page order to the court illuminating to the befuddled judge that the clemency extended to Stone erased his 40-month prison sentence, his two years of supervised release and a $20,000 fine. In case that wasn’t clear enough the order was also posted on the website of the Justice Department’s pardon attorney office.
Trump’s executive order stated that justice would not be served if Stone was “to remain confined to his home or serve the said sentence, and the safety of the community will not be compromised if he is released from home confinement and clemency is granted.”
Despite all her years on the bench at the federal district court in Washington, D.C., she couldn’t seem to understand what a commutation of Stone’s sentence from President Donald Trump meant without ordering a detailed and unwarranted clarification that was clearly outside the scope of her authority.
The obvious bias displayed by the Obama-era appointee toward Stone has been laid bare. The world now sees just how difficult it is to conduct non-partisan judicial proceedings for political figures in the corrupt Washington swamp.
Judge Jackson sentenced Stone to three years and four months of incarceration in February for his conviction for making false statements, tampering with a witness and obstructing lawmakers who were examining Russian interference in the 2016 election as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
She determined that a harsh punishment, not probation, was necessary because of Stone’s threats against a witness and because his obstruction led to an “inaccurate, incorrect and incomplete report” from the House.
“This is intolerable to the administration of justice and the courts should not sit idly by, shrug its shoulders and just say it’s ‘Roger being Roger,’” the Judge said.
It didn’t matter to her that the entire Mueller investigation was predicated on an elaborate, discredited hoax and multiple CIA and FBI officials are facing possible criminal indictments for their roles in masterminding the politically-driven investigation. It didn’t matter to Judge Jackson that Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee which was investigating the Trump-Russia fictional tale, knew all along it was a hoax after hearing testimony from 57 witnesses.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted to Schiff and the panel of lawmakers in December 2017 that he “never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election.”
So did former attorney general Loretta Lynch in her testimony three months later. So did former deputy attorney general Sally Yates who told the committee, “I don’t recall anything being briefed up to me.”
Stone appeared on Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity Show on Monday night, explaining that he was “up against the horrific and deep-pocketed resources of the federal government and these really sadistic, arrogant, politically-motivated prosecutors. And I had a biased judge. I had a stacked jury. I had a corrupt jury forewoman.”
Details emerged before Stone’s sentencing that the jury forewoman, Tomeka Hart, had a history of Democratic Party activism and anti-Trump, left-wing social media posts, but Judge Jackson denied Stone’s request for a retrial.
When he was arrested on January 25, 2019, Hart posted an NPR article about multiple Trump associates who had been indicted on Facebook with the caption, “Brought to you by the lock her up peanut gallery.”
She also posted about the Stone case before she was selected to sit on the jury, retweeting an argument mocking people who objected to his over-the-top, surprise arrest in a predawn raid when a dozen heavily-armed FBI agents outfitted with flashlights, bullet-proof vests and tactical gear stormed his Florida home. She also called Trump and his supporters racist and praised the Mueller investigation.
“Judge Jackson issued an incredible ruling that said that I could not raise misconduct by the special counsel, the FBI, the DOJ, or any member of Congress,” Stone complained.
“You examine the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals where I had to file a last-minute emergency appeal of Judge Jackson’s ruling sending me to jail. She ignored all the legal precedents in that. She ignored my health conditions. She ignore the conditions at the prison at that time, and she ignored the current policies of DOJ and the BOC,” said Stone. “You would’ve thought it would have been reversed in the appeals court but they ruled for her 3-0. I’m afraid this is a fixed system.”
Stone also recounted in shocking and painstaking detail how Mueller’s prosecutors tried to railroad him into concocting lies about the president to save himself from multiple years in jail.
“Well, in the beginning of the case, Sean, I don’t think that was their intention,” said Stone. “But as they got closer and closer to having to issue the Mueller Report and they realized that they had no Russian collusion because there was no Russian collusion, it was a hoax — on July 24th, Jeannie Rhee, who was heading my prosecution within the Mueller team, that’s extraordinary in itself because she previously represented Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in the illegal e-mail server case, and the missing e-mail case.
So, she had a clear bias. She was a maximum donor to both of Hillary’s presidential campaigns. By the way, she has all the charm of a North Korean prison guard.
She made it very clear to one of my lawyers after a hearing, she asked to see them privately, that if I would re-remember certain phone conversations I had with candidate Trump, if I would come clean, if I would confess, that they — that they might be willing to, you know, recommend leniency to the judge. Perhaps I wouldn’t even serve any jail time.
And I didn’t have to think about it very long. I said absolutely not. There was no circumstance under which I would bear false witness against the president. I was — I was just not willing to lie.”
The Deep State wants to prop up the Russia hoax regardless of all the evidence that proves it was a complete farce. Roger Stone managed to escape their carefully laid trap and they just can’t accept that he is a free man.
Judge Jackson’s role in the ill-fated Stone case ended when he was sentenced, but she just had to inject her odious presence into the spotlight one last time. Her historical role in the resistance will be recorded as one of abject failure. Sadly for Judge Jackson it’s time to exit stage left.