Roger Stone is a man like no other.
The political provocateur has been seemingly mired in every major DC scandal of the last 50 years, either through his purposefully loud and brash commentary on The Beltway’s scandalous machinations, or more directly, as is the case today.
Stone is set to be sentenced for convictions emerging out of the RussiaGate conspiracy theory scandal, but not before the Department of Justice has their say in the matter.
The Justice Department is preparing to change its sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone after top brass were “shocked” at the stiff prison term initially being sought, according to a senior DOJ official.
Federal prosecutors had recommended that Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentence Stone to between 87 and 108 months in prison for his conviction on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering, and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
The DOJ’s surprise could not be contained, however.
“The Department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the filing in the Stone case last night,” the official told Fox News. “The sentencing recommendation was not what had been briefed to the Department.”
The department is now expected to scale that back.
“The Department finds seven to nine years extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate to Mr. Stone’s offenses,” the source told Fox News, adding that the DOJ will clarify its position on sentencing later Tuesday.
President Trump had earlier tweeted about the Stone sentence, similarly voicing his displeasure as what was seen as an exorbitant punishment.
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! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
This tweet sparked a national conversation about whether or not the President would eventually use his pardon power to get Stone off the hook.