The federal judge overseeing the Roger Stone case has decided to continue to condemn Donald Trump’s long-standing political adviser – despite a personal intervention by the president who complained online, the case was “contaminated.”
Judge Amy Berman Jackson held a planning meeting with lawyers on Tuesday – after the Stone team had sought a new trial. While willing to listen to their latest request, she said she will not block Stone’s conviction – which has triggered an extraordinary clash between career officers and the White House that has brought new investigations to the Attorney General.
“I’m going to keep the sentence where it is,” Jackson said, even while Stone’s lawyers tried to postpone the proceedings.
“I think delaying this sentence is not wise in all circumstances,” she added.
Trump tweeted one day that Judge Amy Berman Jackson would hold a planning conference on the case of Roger Stone
Jackson said that she would later decide on the Stone team’s request for a new trial – and that the old political impostor would not serve a sentence until that happens. The Stone team had sought a new trial in a sealed motion that was submitted on Friday.
Jackson previously denied Stone’s request for a new trial based on what his team said it was “prejudice” from one of the jurors employed as a lawyer for the IRS. The jury member had also received an article in the Wall Street Journal about the case.
Jackson’s decision came Tuesday, despite strong external comments from the President of the United States.
Just a few hours earlier, Trump fired a series of tweets that supported a new trial for Stone, an old advisor, who called the government’s case “contaminated.”
Trump’s remarks come days after Attorney General Bill Barr issued an extraordinary reminder for Trump to stop tweeting about criminal cases – he said it would be “impossible” for him to do his job.
Judge Amy Berman last week refused a request from Stone’s lawyers for a new trial, while outside the courtroom the president repeatedly intervened in public in the case on behalf of Stone. They submitted a separate sealed motion in search of a new trial on Friday.
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Four prosecutors withdrew from the case last week, after the government had rejected their request in a petition submitted to the court that Stone was serving nine years in prison. The government changed its position and left it to the court to determine the prison sentence after an early morning Tweet by Trump by considering the sentence excessive.
More than 2,000 officials from the Ministry of Justice have signed a letter asking Barr to resign.
Trump tore into the prosecutors again on Tuesday morning, almost exactly a week after his explosive public commentary on the case.
“These were Mueller prosecutors, and the entire Mueller investigation was set up illegally on the basis of a fake and now completely discredited Fake File, lying and falsifying documents at the FISA court, and many other things,” said he made a series of grievances about the Russian probe.
President Donald Trump called the government lawyers in the Roger Stone case “Mueller prosecutors” and said their work was “badly compromised,” while tweeting support for his old counselor who had a new trial
Prosecutors agreed on the Stone case from the Russian investigation after concluding that he lied about his contacts with WikiLeaks during his time as an advisor to the Trump presidential campaign.
“Everything that has to do with this fraudulent investigation is … strongly affected and should, in my opinion, be thrown away,” Trump wrote. “Even Mueller’s statement to Congress that he did not see me (again) becoming the FBI director has proved to be false. The whole deal was a total SCAM. If I were not president, I would sue everyone everywhere … BUT I CAN STILL WANT. WITCH HUNTING! “
Trump also retorts supportive comments about his position as Fox commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano – who showed last month that there was “sufficient and uncontroversial” evidence for Trump’s removal from office.
Napolitano pointed out that the woman who had to be revealed to the jury as a prominent person had walked as a congressman for the Congress and had tweeted about the case immediately after Stone’s arrest.
“Judge Jackson now has a request for a new trial based on the unambiguous and self-assured bias of the foreman of the jury, who is also a lawyer. “Mrs. Foreman, you are a lawyer, you have a duty, an affirmative obligation, to reveal to us when we selected the existence of these tweets in which you were so fiercely negative about the president and the people who had him to support. “
Napolitano continued: “Don’t you think we wanted to know before we put you on this jury?” Quite clearly he should (get a new test). I think almost every judge in the country would order a new trial, I’m not so sure about Judge Jackson, I don’t know, “Trump wrote, with Napolitano and the Fox & Friends morning show.
Judge Judge Beryl Howell of the District Court made a statement last week that said: “Public criticism or pressure does not play a role” in the conviction.
Howell is the chief judge of the Jackson court. He said in the rare public statement: “The judges of this Court base their sentencing decisions on careful consideration of the actual file in the case before them; the applicable sentencing guidelines and legal factors; the comments of the parties, the probation office and the victims; and their own judgment and experience. “
Last week, after repeated comments from Trump about the case, Barr said ABC News in an interview: “I think it’s time to stop tweeting about criminal cases from the Ministry of Justice.
“I can’t do my job here in the department with a constant background commentary that undermines me,” he said.
The push had no immediate effect. Trump responded Friday morning by noting that Barr had said that Trump had never asked him to do anything in a criminal case.
He then added, “This does not mean that I, as President, do not have the legal right to do so, I do, but so far I have chosen not to!”
More than 2,000 former officials from the Ministry of Justice weighed with a letter calling on Barr to resign amid a series of developments.
“Mr. Barr’s actions in making the president’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words. Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Ministry of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Barr to resign, “the letter said. “But because we have little expectation, it will be the Ministry’s career officials to take appropriate measures to maintain their oath of office and to defend non-partisan, apolitical justice.”
President Trump responded to Attorney General William Barr’s statements by his “legal right” to intervene in a criminal case