Roger Stone exchanged a federal prison cell on Thursday despite a judge who struck the old Donald Trump ally with a 40-month prison sentence for lying to Congress – and not only to save him, but the president.
Stone was convicted last fall of lying to lawmakers for his attempts to get stolen Democratic Party emails from WikiLeaks in 2016 to increase Donald Trump’s chances of becoming president.
The self-proclaimed political filthy cheater was spared on Thursday, while US district judge Amy Berman Jackson decides whether to grant his request for a new trial.
The punishment was far below the nine years that the prosecutor demanded before it was dominated by Trump in a political turmoil and furious tweets.
Trump will be able to paint that as a victory, but Berman Jackson, an appointed Obama, did her best to say that she was not influenced by the president.
ROGER STONE HAS MISTAKE: WHAT HE DRAWED
Roger Stone was found guilty of all charges of:
1. Obstacle of justice, lying to Congress and witnessing manipulation by trying to lie to Congress against Randy Credico. Sentenced to 40 months
2. Lying to Congress that he had no emails or texts about Julian Assange. Sentenced to 12 months at the same time as the first count
3. Lying when he claimed that his references to contact with Assange were actually about an “intermediary” – Randy Credico. Sentenced to 12 months at the same time as the first count
4. Lying that he did not ask his “intermediary” to communicate with Assange. Sentenced to 12 months at the same time as the first count
5. Lying that he did not text or email the “mediator” about WikiLeaks. Sentenced to 12 months at the same time as the first count
6. Lying that he had never discussed a conversation with his “middleman” with anyone in the Trump campaign. Sentenced to 12 months at the same time as the first count
Instead, she turned his conviction hearing into a stunning reprimand, not just from Stone but from the president himself, saying that the prosecution was not initiated by “political enemies” and that there was no “anti-Trump clique” at the hearing on the House.
“He was not persecuted, as some have complained, because he stood up for the president, he was persecuted for hiding the president,” she said.
Trump furiously tweeted the prosecution that accused her of lacking “FAIRNESS” because the hearing was taking place in the federal court in Washington D.C.
“They say Roger Stone lied to Congress. “Oh, I see, but Comey too (and he also leaked secret information, for which almost everyone except Crooked Hillary Clinton is in prison for a long time), and Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! HONESTY?’ the president tweeted.
It was not known if Berman Jackson was aware of his latest intervention, but it was in the midst of a politically tarnished case and increasing speculation that Stone would get grace.
Even before she spoke, prosecutors committed their own insurrection against the president, calling the case “fair,” and demanding a long prison sentence, despite the fact that their first nine-year call was overridden by Attorney General Bill Barr in one of the main acts of an unfolding constitutional crisis.
Stone, 67, listened in silence while Jackson told a federal courtroom in Washington DC that he should spend 40 months – three years and four months – behind bars.
She had destroyed him in his condemnation remarks – and rebuked the president himself, possibly for his tweet this morning that was during the first part of her hearing.
“This case did not arise because Roger Stone was persecuted by his political enemies,” Berman Jackson said.
She said that Stone told “downright lies” and that his conviction had nothing to do with the question of Russia interfering in the 2016 elections.
He was guilty of a “corrupt, illegal” campaign to prevent his lies from being unmasked when he threatened Randy Credico, whom he named as his “middleman” after Julian Assange, to prevent Credico from revealing the truth, that there was a another attempt was in-between.
Stone was also guilty of withholding Congress texts and emails, forcing Berman Jackson back to the president.
Stone refused to hand them over “not to a secret anti-Trump clique, but to Congress, to the elected representatives of both parties.”
And she pointed out that it was a Republican-led investigation that he initially defied.
Then she pushed the president in, without giving him a name, and said it was right for the judge to be convicted: “Not someone who has a long-term friendship with the suspect, not someone whose political career is suspect was helped. ”
Stone was accompanied by a huge entourage led by his wife Nydia when he entered the federal court, where his legal team was strengthened by a Mafia lawyer who helped John Gotti Jr., head of the Gambino crime family and son of the “Teflon Don, “from prison.
Pro-Stone protesters brought a “Roger Stone” grace flag that they held behind when he arrived, while counter-protesters tried to quickly set up an inflatable image of Trump when a rat like Stone arrived.
Hours before he arrived, Trump launched a fusillade against Stone’s conviction, tweeting: “What happened to Roger Stone should never happen to anyone in our country again.”
He is here: Roger Stone was accompanied by his wife Nydia and an almost 20-person entourage when he arrived at the federal court in Washington D.C. to be sentenced
For the protest: Roger and Nydia Stone walked past the inflatable Trump rat as they found their way to court
Grin and wear it: Roger Stone held a fixed smile as he walked to court with his wife Nydia
A smile was raised: Roger Stone’s wife Nydia responded positively to the banner of a group of supporters and called on Donald Trump to pardon the dirty cheater
Arm-in-arm: Roger Stone wore a navy blue topcoat with double row of buttons with contrasting collar, blue openwork collar and austere gray tie, finished with a black trilby when he arrived in court with Nydia, his second wife
Lightning rod: Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson will condemn Roger Stone in a case that caused a crisis that engulfed Bill Barr, begging Donald Trump to let him do his job and stop tweeting about his Justice Department
Trump’s tweets immersed his own Attorney General, Bill Barr, in a crisis over the rule of law, with the President declaring himself “chief prosecutor” and demanding Barr “clean house.”
His wife Nydia sat behind him in the courtroom as Stone, dressed in a dark gray pinstripe with double row of buttons, blue shirt with open-worked collar and austere gray tie, next to his lawyers.
Ministry of Justice lawyers had originally asked for a much stricter sentence of seven to nine years, only to see their recommendation be torn by Attorney General William Barr, who pledges Trump to label it as “excessive and unjustified.”
The intervention led to allegations of political interference, forcing Barr into the defensive when he denied the White House influence and called on Trump to curb his explosive Twitter criticism of Judge Jackson and the alleged “contaminated” case against Stone. .
More than 2,000 former judicial staff have since signed a petition calling on the Attorney General to resign.
The original foursome of prosecutions by Aaron Zelinsky, Jonathan Kravis, Adam Jed and Michael Marando was replaced for today’s proceedings in Washington, D.C. District Court, who all resigned in protest.
The conviction of Stone started on a rocky start when the American district judge Amy Berman Jackson said that anyone in the court who had no medical reason to wear sunglasses had to remove it. Stone had arrived in round sunglasses.
She started the hearing without any reference to the massive political storm over the case – and instead delved into the details of his convictions.
However, she made it clear that she is not considering leniency for him.
And prosecutors then ignored their own boss, Attorney General Bill Barr, to say that a previous nine-year prison sentence still applied.
Barr rejected that, but when John Crabb, the American assistant officer who led the case after all other prosecutors were stopped, appeared in court, he said the call was applicable.
He also called the prosecution “just” and said the Justice Department was committed to “working without fear or favor or political influence.”
That turned out to be a direct rebuke from the president and was followed by Crabb who said the prosecution wanted a substantial punishment for Stone.
Berman Jackson struggled with both parties about the details of their conviction recommendations and said she believed attempts to ward off the dirty trickster’s behavior as “joke” and “being stone” were wrong.
Stone refused to speak for himself.
Stone’s decades-long career on the dark margins of American politics seemed to be over last November after he was found guilty of five counts of making false statements to Congress and a few counts of obstructing congress proceedings and tampering with witnesses.
Jury members agreed with the smooth-talking agent provocateur, who briefly served the Trump presidential campaign in 2016, told a series of “whoppers” when he testified before members of the House Intelligence Committee who were investigating the Russian collusion in the 2016 elections.
Stone lied to lawmakers when he denied asking Julian Assange for the cache of Democratic Party messages stolen by Russian hackers and further lied about the identity of his mediator against the founder of WikiLeaks.
He also hid numerous texts, emails and phone conversations in which he discussed WikiLeaks and Assange with the then-current Trump candidate and senior campaign figures, including former White House strategist Steve Bannon, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign official Rick Gates.
In it he goes: Roger Stone pulled off his trilby to go to court, where he will be sentenced
Recognition: Roger Stone greeted supporters outside the court
Custom made: Roger Stone revealed that he was wearing a dark gray pinstripe suit with double row of buttons under his navy blue jacket with double row of buttons as he got out of his car before entering the court
Question: Supporters of the shameful dirty impostor unfolded a ‘Roger Stone’ grace banner out of court, following a claim Donald Trump says he did not consider
Against protest: anti-Trump activists set up an inflatable image of the president as a rat in time for the arrival of Roger Stone
Publicity opportunity: the Stone spectacle has also been a magnet for a local travel agency whose sign came back at the entrance to the sentencing court
Ready for the walk: Nydia Stone grabbed her husband’s arm as they prepared to walk to court
The trial heard that Stone was trying to get the emails as a way to win favor with Trump and help him beat Hillary Clinton to the White House.
The net result of him that he remained “time and again” was that the House Intelligence Committee was hampered in its investigations and the final report on the Russian election conference was inaccurate because it did not mention the real agent of Stone, prosecutors said.
The manipulation accused his attempt to intimidate comedian and radio presenter Randy Credico to plead the Fifth, so that he would avoid contradicting Stone’s sworn statement on September 26, 2017.
Stone had told lawmakers that Credico was his “back channel” for WikiLeaks, while it was actually the conspiracy theorist and author Jerome Corsi.
When Credico threatened to set the record straight, Stone called him a ‘c ** ksucker’, a ‘rat’ and urged the rattling comic to do a ‘Frank Pentangeli’, referring to a character in Godfather part II that lies to a convention committee to help the Corleone family before they commit suicide.
He also focused on Credico’s therapy dog Bianca, a 13-year-old Coton de Tulear, who wrote in a text message: “I’m going to take that dog away from you.”
Prosecutors cited the threats of personal injury and Stone’s repeated media outbursts that attacked Judge Jackson as aggravating factors against the former Nixon campaign advisor who permanently tattooed the shamed former president on his back.
Credico, however, was one of those who argued against imprisonment and said in a letter to the judge in January: “I had no sense that Stone himself posed a direct physical threat to me or my dog.”
Tomeka Hart, a former Memphis City Schools chairman of the board, continued to ignite the flames when she emerged as the jury leader last Wednesday in a Facebook message that supported the overruled prosecutors.
“I’ve been silent for months. Initially it was for my safety. Then I decided to remain silent for fear of politicizing the matter, “Hart wrote.
All about Assange: Roger Stone lied about the identity of his “back channel” to WikiLeaks and lied again when he denied asking the founder, Julian Assange, for the plundered collection of messages
Back Channels: Stone had fraudulently told the legislator that Randy Credico (left), a left-wing radio comedian, was his “back channel” to WikiLeaks when it was actually the conspiracy theorist and author Jerome Corsi (right)
In the middle of the case: Roger Stone also focused on Randy Credico’s therapy dog Bianca, a 13-year-old Coton de Tulear, who wrote in a text message: “I’m going to take that dog away from you.”
“But I can no longer remain silent. I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando and Jonathan Kravis – the prosecutors in the Roger Stone trial.
“It hurts me to see that the DOJ is now interfering with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity and respect for our legal system.
“For that, I wanted to stand up for them and ask you to accompany me to thank them for their service.”
Hart, it turned out, had vainly stood in front of the congress in 2012 and had participated in anti-Trump meetings and protests.
She had often denounced Trump on social media, called the president and his supporters racists, and posted emojis of hearts and fist pumps after she found Stone guilty last November.
Hart also tweeted a report from expert Bakari Sellers, rejecting Stone’s allegations that the FBI used excessive force when they arrested him in his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January 2019.
Sellers had black victims of ‘police’, including Sandra Bland, Walter Scott and Eric Gardner, scammed: ‘But Roger Stone !!! Think about that. ”
Stone’s lawyers have already made a failed attempt to initiate a new trial, arguing that a completely different jury member, an IRS employee who worked with the Justice Department in criminal cases, should have been beaten.
The judge admitted that he had read news articles about Stone’s arrest, but denied that he had any opinion about Stone when Judge Jackson asked for it.
The defense had failed to demonstrate the “kind of inherent bias” that would lead to a new trial, Judge Jackson ruled.
Stone entered the political arena in 1972 when he stopped his studies at George Washington University and supported Nixon in his re-election campaign and then landed a job on his administration.
In one of his first stunts, he contributed $ 135 to one of Nixon’s Republican rivals on behalf of the Young Socialist Alliance – after which he handed the receipt to a journalist.
During congress hearings in the Watergate scandal in 1973, it turned out that Stone had recruited a spy to infiltrate the campaigns of several of Nixon’s Democratic rivals.
He was released from his job with then-senator Bob Dole, but continued to work for even more presidential campaigns: those of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and eventually his old friend Donald Trump, who hired Stone for the first time to lobby for his casino companies in the 1990s.
The National Enquirer in 1996 revealed that Stone had placed advertisements on a swingers website looking for sex partners for himself and his second wife Nydia Bertran Stone, 72. Stone later called himself “an libertarian and a libertine” and a “trysexual” – in an interview I have tried everything ‘.
The six Trump employees are sentenced in Mueller probe
GUILTY: ROGER STONE
Convicted in November 2019 on seven points, including obstruction of justice, tampering with witnesses and lying to Congress about his communication with WikiLeaks. Sentenced to 40 months in prison.
Stone was a person of interest to Mueller’s investigators long before his January 2019 indictment, thanks in part to his public statements and internal emails about his contacts with WikiLeks.
In campaign texts and emails, Stone communicated with employees about WikiLeaks after reports that the organization had obtained a cache of Clinton-related emails.
According to the federal indictment, Stone gave “false and misleading” testimonies about his requests for information from WikiLeaks. He then pressed a witness, comedian Randy Credico, to take the fifth amendment instead of testifying, and printed it in a series of emails. After a lengthy disagreement over the testimony, he called him a “rat” and threatened to “take that dog away from you,” referring to Credico’s therapy dog Bianca. Stone warned him: “Let’s get started. Prepare to die. ”
DEBTNESS: MICHAEL FLYNN
Pleaded guilty of making false statements in December 2017. Awaiting punishment
Flynn was the former National Security Advisor to President Trump and Robert Mueller’s oldest scalp to date. He served earlier when he was a three-star general as President Obama’s director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, but was fired.
He admitted that he had lied to special council investigators about his talks with a Russian ambassador in December 2016. He agreed to cooperate with the special council investigation.
GUILTY AND IN PRISON: MICHAEL COHEN
Pleaded guilty to eight counts including fraud and two campaign financing violations in August 2018. Plead guilty of continuing to count lying to Congress in November 2018. Sentencand up to three years in prison and $ 2 million in fines and forfeits in December 2018
Cohen was investigated by Mueller, but the case was handed over to the southern district of New York, allowing the savage and fiercely independent federal prosecutors of Manhattan to lead his case.
Cohen was Trump’s personal lawyer for many years and started working for him and the Trump organization in 2007. He is the longest-serving member of the inner circle of Trump involved with Mueller. Cohen claimed unswerving dedication to Trump – and organized payments to silence two women who claimed to have sex with the then candidate: porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. He admitted that payments to both women were campaign finance crimes – and admitted that he acted in the direction of “Candidate-1”: Donald Trump.
He also acknowledged tax fraud by lying about his income from loans he had made, money from taxi medals he owned, and other sources of income, at a cost of $ 1.3 million for the Treasury.
And he admitted that he lied to Congress in a rare use of the crime. The judge in his case summoned him to prison on March 6 and advised him to serve it in a medium security facility close to New York City.
GUILTY AND IN PRISON: PAUL MANAFORT
Found guilty of eight bank and tax fraud allegations in August 2018. sentenced to 47 months in March 2019. pleaded guilty to two further charges – witnessing tampering and conspiracy against the United States. Prison of a total of seven and a half years in two separate sentences. In addition, sued for mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney, using evidence previously presented by Mueller. That indictment was rejected by the DA is attractive
Manafort worked for the March 2016 Trump campaign and was president from June to August 2016, overseeing that Trump was hired as a Republican candidate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He is the highest campaign officer involved by Mueller. Manafort was one of Washington DC’s longest and most influential lobbyists, but his money dried up in 2015 and the following year he turned to Trump to offer his campaign president for free – hoping to earn more money afterwards. But Mueller dissolved his previous finances and discovered years of tax and bank fraud while cashing in money from pro-Russian political parties and oligarchs in Ukraine.
Manafort did not plead guilty to 18 allegations of tax and bank fraud, but was convicted of eight counts in August 2018. The jury was stuck on the other 10 allegations. A second trial of accusation of non-registration as a foreign agent due to take place in September did not take place when he was guilty of conspiracy against the United States and witnessed manipulation with a plea. He would collaborate with Mueller, but failed.
Minutes after his second conviction in March 2019, he was appointed by the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. accused of 16 counts of fraud and conspiracy, using evidence that contained documents that were previously presented during his first federal trial. The president has no grace authority over indictments by district and state lawyers.
GUILTY: RICK GATES
Pleaded guilty of conspiring against the United States and making false statements in February 2018. Awaiting Punishment
Gates, a campaigner from Trump, was the former deputy to Manafort at political consulting firm DMP International. He admitted that he conspired to cheat the US government on financial activities, and that he lied to investigators about a meeting that Manafort had with a congressman in 2013. As a result of his guilty plea and promise of cooperation, prosecutors have charges filed against Gates on bank fraud, conspiracy of bank fraud, non-disclosure of foreign bank accounts, filing false tax returns, helping prepare false tax returns and incorrectly changing tax returns.
GUILTY AND PRISON: GEORGE PAPADOPOLOUS
Pleaded guilty of making false statements in October 2017. Sentenced to 14 days in September 2018, and reported in prison in November. Served for 12 days and released on December 7, 2018
Papadopoulos was a member of the Advisory Committee for Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Campaign. He admitted he lied to special council investigators about his contacts with London professor Josef Mifsud and Ivan Timofeev, the director of a government-funded think tank.
He agreed to participate in the special council investigation, but is now extremely critical of it.