Worldwide

Trump ally Roger Stone to be sentenced as case roils Justice Dept.

Trump ally Roger Stone to be sentenced as case roils Justice Dept.”

Donald Trump's longtime aide Roger Stone will be sentenced Thursday in a case that has caused a stir in Washington following meddling by the U.S. president and his attorney general.

A jury of nine women and three men convicted Stone, 67, on November 15 on all seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.

He was found guilty on charges that included lying to investigators in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Napolitano was referring to the mass resignation of the Justice Department prosecutors from the Stone case after senior leadership overruled their recommendation of a prison sentence from 87 to 108 months.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson found herself in the middle of a political sandstorm as she and the parties closed in on sentencing for Stone following his conviction past year.

The judge also rejected the suggestion the case had come about because Stone had been targetted by "political enemies". And then determine whether or not the integrity of Stone's trial was adversely affected by this juror. However, shortly thereafter, Trump tweeted that he felt such a sentence would be a "miscarriage of justice".

Despite his attorney general's warning, Trump continued this week to be vocal in his support for Stone, who appeared in court in a striped suit and a polka-dot tie.

Multiple US media outlets have also reported that Barr has informed the president's inner circle that he might resign if the tweets continue.

She said during the hearing that Stone's use of social media to stoke public sentiment against the prosecution and the court was meant to reach a wide audience, including using a photo of Jackson with crosshairs superimposed.

Trump stopped short of directly criticizing Barr on Wednesday, mostly retweeting the sentiments of others.

The same day, Trump used his clemency powers on a number of high-profile convicts, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik.

"He was not prosecuted - as some have complained - for standing up for the president".

On Tuesday, multiple United States media outlets citing anonymous sources reported that Barr had informed the president's inner circle that he might resign if the tweets continued to fly.

Judge Amy Jackson, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, disputed claims that Stone was convicted because he was being accused by outside political forces.

Mr Trump has hinted he may pardon his ally.

Trump took to Twitter to praise Barr for getting involved in the "totally out of control" process after a new prosecutor suggested a more lenient sentence of three to four years. He is to be sentenced on Thursday. Nor were his false statements made in the heat of the moment.

But Trump gave only a hint when asked about Stone: "I haven't given it any thought", he said. Gates, the 2016 deputy chairman, testified for prosecutors that, during the campaign, he overheard Stone telling Trump over the phone that WikiLeaks planned future releases of emails damaging to Clinton. Bannon said Stone bragged of his relationship with WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. The second memo also acknowledged the ultimate sentence was up to the judge.

That was the episode in which Stone invoked a moment from the movie The Godfather Part II in which a mob informant, Frank Pentangeli, declines to give testimony to a Senate committee after earlier implicating a crime boss privately to investigators. But Jackson said the enhanced guidelines would apply.

Those prosecutors quit the case.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


20 February 2020
Microsoft starts rolling out new system icons to Windows Insiders
Microsoft's up to date Edge browser additionally has a brand new icon, and even Workplace itself has a extra fashionable brand. Besides, Microsoft has already stopped extending support for the Cortana app for Android and iOS everywhere except the US.

20 February 2020
Man stabbed at London mosque and police arrest suspect
He was taken to hospital by paramedics where his condition has been assessed as non-life threatening, the Met said. The police said one person was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.

20 February 2020
Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders main targets at Vegas Democrats' debate
As Democrats clashed in the fiery Las Vegas debate that saw Michael Bloomberg take the brunt of attacks on Wednesday night, Sens. Or, by deflating Bloomberg, Warren may allow another moderate (a revived Joe Biden?) to emerge instead.

20 February 2020
Euro falls towards key $1.08 level, bleak German investor survey piles pressure
Treasuries traded mixed on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) minutes and housing market data. It was a quiet start to the week elsewhere, with the United States off for a public holiday.

20 February 2020
Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner
Hasan Minhaj , who performed at the dinner in 2017, will return for this year's event on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Trump, in contrast to earlier presidents, has not attended the dinner throughout his time in workplace.

20 February 2020
NBA Free Agency Rumors: Lakers 'Had Hoped' To Sign Reggie Jackson
He played in the first two games of the season then missed almost two months with a back injury. Jackson has battled an injury this season and only played in 14 games, starting 10 of them.

20 February 2020
Heung-min Son injury leaves downcast Jose Mourinho a broken man
But immediately in the beginning, the stairs broke so we were in trouble and we were finding a way to try to get up. His knack for scoring decisive goals is evident and shows why Son is such a vital player for Jose Mourinho's side.

20 February 2020
Turkish court acquits 9 individuals connected to 2013 Instanbul Gezi Park protests
Defense lawyers were denied the right to cross-examine anonymous witnesses of the prosecution and to see some of the evidence. Their demo, criticized by Western allies, was regarded as a take a look at of justice in Turkey .

20 February 2020
NHS clarifies policy to deny care to 'homophobic' patients
Sir Simon said: "While teams across the country are under real pressure, NHS staff consistently go the extra mile for patients". Members of NHS staff from QEII in Welwyn Garden City and Lister Hospital, Stevenage, responded to the NHS Staff Survey.

20 February 2020
Former Gov. Ryan reacts to Blagojevich’s release
The president's support for Blagojevich offers a case study in his approach to presidential power and the justice system. Blagojevich campaigned on a promise to clean-up corruption in IL following the licenses-for-bribes scandal.