Maybe they will build a whole new cellblock to house all of Trump’s former cronies.
Courtesy of Politico:
Federal prosecutors are urging that longtime Donald Trump adviser and Republican political provocateur Roger Stone be sent to prison for about seven to nine years for his conviction on charges of lying and witness tampering during investigations of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
The stern recommendation is starkly at odds with a suggestion from Stone’s defense team that he should be sentenced to probation — and no jail time — in the case.
Following a weeklong trial last November, a Washington jury found Stone guilty on all seven felony counts he faced: five of making false statements to Congress, one of obstruction of Congress, and one of witness tampering with both the House Intelligence Committee inquiry and special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
In a sentencing filing Monday, prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington argued that Stone’s conduct was exceptionally sinister because of the importance of those investigations and the danger of overseas influence on U.S. elections.
And yet Trump himself totally escapes all accountability for his actions.
Ain’t that a bitch?
I think Michael Flynn saw what Trump did and now assumes there is no right and wrong anymore.
Courtesy of CNN:
Federal prosecutors want to use Michael Flynn’s former defense lawyers against him as they resist his attempts to get out of his guilty plea for lying to the FBI in 2017.
The court filing from prosecutors on Sunday could bring a new and consequential twist in the Flynn case, aligning the Justice Department and a major force in DC’s legal establishment against President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser. The filings even hint that DOJ would be willing to charge Flynn with perjury, or to take Flynn to trial if the judge allowed him to change his plea to not guilty.
The latest tussle in the case prompted District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Monday to cancel the date Flynn was scheduled to be sentenced, dragging a relatively straightforward plea deal case on indefinitely. Flynn’s sentencing was initially set for February 27, but Sullivan now plans to allow at least two more weeks to weigh arguments and for Flynn’s new lawyers and prosecutors to negotiate over the use of the former defense team’s information in future proceedings.
Flynn was charged in December 2018 and was originally set to be sentenced last December, until he asked for a delay during the sentencing hearing.
Keep in mind that Flynn already pleaded guilty and even cooperated with the Mueller investigation, and now he is trying to rewrite history so that he never ratted out his former boss and never said he was guilty.
How does that work?
Rachel Maddow suspects the fix is in.
The plot thickens.
Attorney General Barr now moves to install one of his top aides as the new US Attorney in the office prosecuting Flynn:https://t.co/6kiMF7Zmp7
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) January 30, 2020
We need to watch and see how this plays out.
At this point nothing would surprise me.
Update: Well since I posted this the Justice Department seems to have had a change of heart.
Courtesy of WaPo:
The Justice Department plans to reduce its sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Trump, after top officials professed to be blindsided by the seven-to-nine year penalty prosecutors urged a judge to impose, a senior Justice Department official said Tuesday.
In a stunning rebuke of career prosecutors that will surely raise questions about political interference in the case, a senior Justice Department official said the department “was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the Roger Stone case last night.”
“That recommendation is not what had been briefed to the department,” the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive case. “The department finds the recommendation extreme and excessive and disproportionate to Stone’s offenses. The department will clarify its position later today.”
Sounds to me as if Bill Barr is working his magic behind the scenes.