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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.

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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.



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