Gunslingers in the Democratic Party and the GOP are outraged that President Donald Trump has dared to speak out about the heavy-handed sentence recommendation of federal prosecutors on Monday for his former campaign adviser, 67-year-old Roger Stone.
Stone was found guilty by a jury last year on seven felony counts of impeding congressional and FBI investigations into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia. The charges were brought by former special counsel Robert Mueller who led the probe.
Democrats and Republican commentators like Ari Fleischer started gnashing their teeth and clutching their pearls because Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning, “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!”
If Trump, the chief law enforcement official of the country doesn’t speak out, who will? Why do they want to silence the president?
Undeterred, Trump tweeted Wednesday, “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.”
Trump’s critics have been mute for more than three years regarding the concocters of the hoax that implicated Trump and his campaign for colluding with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election.
They have trained their guns on Stone who became a target simply because of his affiliation with Trump and had a virtual life sentence of seven to 9 years hanging over his head for ‘lying and threatening a witness.’
The witness himself, Randy Credico, wrote to the court recently saying he did not think Stone was threatening him physically, but prosecutors say that during the trial, Credico said he was concerned Stone’s statements could encourage others to become violent.
Stone had told lawmakers in 2017 that Credico acted as his backchannel to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the election, an allegation Credico has denied. Stone was never accused of working with Russians or WikiLeaks.
Fleisher and his cohorts in the Democratic Party either don’t have the guts to speak out or they are complicit with the real perpetrators of malfeasance, like former Trump rival Hillary Clinton and the DNC. They commissioned and paid for the dossier of proven lies, written by former British spy Christopher Steele, which dragged Trump and his associates into this investigation abyss.
They have not been calling for the heads of Deep State plotters who cooked up the fake accusations to frame the president and his campaign associates, claims which triggered the criminal probe that targeted Trump World.
We have not witnessed any outrage from them after the Justice Department found that two out of four warrants signed by FBI agents requesting to surveil Trump associate Carter Page, and by extension the whole campaign, were without predicate and the other two are still being investigated.
Stone’s real crime in the eyes of Democrats is the role he played in the political campaign which helped catapult Trump into power. A senior DOJ official told Fox News Tuesday morning that the sentence recommendation was “extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate to Mr. Stone’s offenses.”
The Justice Department submitted a revised sentencing filing on Tuesday that offered no specific recommendation for Stone, but argued that a sentence of seven to nine years “could be considered excessive and unwarranted.” It stated Stone would ‘technically’ qualify for severe federal sentencing enhancement for threatening physical harm to a witness, but it would violate the spirit of the federal guideline.
It “typically applies in cases involving violent offenses, such as armed robbery, not obstruction cases,” the government argued, noting it was necessary to factor in Stone’s “advanced age, health, personal circumstances, and lack of criminal history.”
These so called lawmakers and ‘pundits’ could not care less if 67-year old Stone and 70-year-old Paul Manafort, who was also found guilty of crimes during the investigation, rot in jail. Justice must be served but it must be meted out even-handedly and with compassion.
We are still awaiting investigations on all the other players in this sordid saga who have lied and abused their power to facilitate the start of this probe. They are still free until today without any criminal liability or harsh legal consequences for their treacherous actions.
Four federal prosecutors who made the case against Stone resigned Tuesday after a firestorm over their sentence recommendation. They are Jonathan Kravis, who resigned as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, Adam Jed and Mike Marando.
Zelinsky also resigned from the DC US attorney’s office. Zelinsky, who worked on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, did not resign from the Baltimore US attorney’s office, where he is based. Good riddance. They should have been long gone.