In Washington, DC, District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Roger Stone to three years for lying and witness tampering. This sentencing was following several days of back and forth around the area. Democrats and Republicans have went back and forth in the media discussing the potential sentence and how it should be handled.
Last week, Democrats suggested that Trump ordered Attorney General Barr to intervene in the situation. Barr responded that Trump did not direct him to intervene, but that he did intervene because the proposed sentence was too harsh. The forty month sentence was much more lenient than what was initially proposed.
Stone’s attorneys were seeking probation only as punishment, but that seemed unlikely in the situation. Judge Jackson said that Stone’s actions were deliberate and planned, but that he lied. President Trump expressed his frustration with the situation in several statements.
Speaking at an event, Trump suggested that Stone had a great chance at exoneration. He gave comments on Stone’s character calling him a good person. Many suspected that Trump would pardon Stone, but that does not seem to be the case. Trump indicated that he would let the situation play out before intervening.
Stone’s case came about due to the Mueller investigation. The case brought the ire of the President and many lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Stone’s conviction relates to lies regarding his contacts with Wikileaks and the Trump Campaign. Attorney’s representing Stone have requested a new trial due to juror bias and are expected to appeal.
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