Trump says he will not grant Roger Stone now because he believes he will be released for a new trial
Donald Trump said Thursday that he would not forgive Roger Stone for the time being and noted that he thinks his old advisor will get a new trial.
“In my opinion, Roger has a very good chance of exemption,” said the president at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, where he held the initial address for the Hope for Prisoners graduation course.
He attacked the Stone question head on when speculation circulated that he would pardon his old adviser, who was sentenced Thursday to 40 months in prison for lying to Congress. Stone was spared immediate imprisonment while US district judge Amy Berman Jackson decides whether to grant his request for a new trial.
In the 12 minutes he was talking about the Stone case, President Trump complained about how Stone was treated unfairly while Hillary Clinton was not being prosecuted for her private email server.
Donald Trump said he would not forgive Roger Stone for the time being after Stone was sentenced to 44 months in prison for lying to Congress
The president has said he thinks Roger Stone has been treated unfairly and will be cleared up in a new trial, as Stone’s lawyers have asked
The president had issued a number of presidential pardons this week, which led to speculation that Stone would be the next person to receive one.
But instead, Trump said he was watching how the legal process went.
“I follow this very closely and I want to make full use of it,” said the president.
“I’m not going to do anything in terms of the great powers granted to a president of the United States. I want the process to expire. I think that’s the best thing to do. Because I’d love to see Roger acquitted, and I’d like to see it happen. Because I personally think he has been treated very unfairly, “Trump said of his old advisor.
He complained that Stone was treated unfairly in comparison to Clinton, who has long focused on Trump. ‘Lock her up’ was his signature campaign line during the 2016 elections, which his supporters shouted while Trump complained about the use of his then-democratic rival of a private e-mail server.
Trump returned to that complaint on Thursday as he continued on Stone’s case.
“Hillary Clinton has leaked more secret documents than any other person, I believe in the history of the United States of America,” Trump said. “And she deleted 33,000 emails.”
President Trump complained that Roger Stone was treated unfairly compared to Hillary Clinton
Trump has long complained that Hillary Clinton was not prosecuted for using a private email server when she was Secretary of State
President Trump delivered the “Hope for Prisoners” graduation class in Las Vegas; upstairs he poses with one of the graduates
He added that Clinton said the emails were about her yoga classes and her sports and her daughter’s wedding. 33,000 about her daughter’s wedding – that must have been the greatest wedding of all time. And nothing happened to her. “
Clinton, while Secretary of State for President Barack Obama, used a private e-mail server for official government affairs.
The then FBI director James Comey said after an official investigation that Clinton had been “extremely carefree” in her use of the server, but advised that no charges should be brought against her. Trump called her “Crooked Hillary” during their presidential game.
Trump repeated his complaints about Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and “dirty agents.”
“We had a lot of dirty agents. The FBI is phenomenal. I love the FBI. But the people at the top are dirty police officers, “he said.
“I know Roger, but many people know Roger. Everyone knows Roger. What happened to him is incredible. They say he lied, but other people lied. So to speak, Comey lied, McCabe lied, Lisa Page lied, her lover, Peter Strzok, lied. Don’t you know who these people are? Just trust me, “he said.
Stone was convicted last fall of lying to lawmakers for his attempts to get stolen emails from the WikiLeaks Democratic Party in 2016 to increase Trump’s chances of becoming president. He was sentenced Thursday.
But Trump denied that Stone worked for his presidential campaign in 2016.
“Roger was never involved in the Trump campaign for president. He was not involved. I think long before I announced that he might have done some consultancy work or something, but he wasn’t involved when I became president, “the president said in his remarks.
Trump then turned to attack the jury leader in Stone’s trial of Tomeka Hart, who accused the president of being an anti-Trumper.
Stone’s lawyers pointed to some social media posts that Hart had written on Facebook as one of the reasons why they requested a new trial for Stone. Hart placed her appreciation for the four federal prosecutors who resigned after Attorney General Bill Barr intervened in the Stone case.
Trump said that Hart was ‘infected’.
‘The woman who was in charge of the jury is completely contaminated when you look. How can you have such a person? She was an anti-Trump activist, “he said.
The prosecutors in the Stone case resigned after the Justice Department intervened and lowered the sentencing recommendation for Stone.
Hart praised their work and emerged as the jury leader in Stone’s trial in the aftermath.
“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, “she wrote on Facebook.
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.
Trump fooled Hart in his remarks about the graduate class of prisoners.
“This is a woman who was totally an anti-asset. I don’t know if this is a fact. But she had terrible social media accounts, the things she said in the accounts were incredible. She did not reveal that when she was elected. And that’s what I think she hears from a very strong woman and a dominant person so she can get people to do what she wants. “
He complained that this meant that Stone could not get a fair trial.
“Does this undermine our fair legal system? How can you have such a person? Has she deleted her social account? And when Roger was found guilty by the same jury before the judge pronounced a punishment, and he was determined to be guilty, she started getting a little wild. She was very happy, “he said.
He argued that this was a good reason for the judge in the case to initiate a new trial.
“So if this woman is infected, I hope the judge will find out she is infected,” Trump said.
“It’s not fair,” he added. “I’m here to make a fair system.”
“We will keep a close eye on the process. And at some point I will make a decision. But Roger Stone and everyone must be treated fairly. And this has not been a fair trial, “Trump said.
Free to go – for the time being: Roger Stone is escorted from the federal courthouse in Washington D.C after his conviction. He remains silent against the press
At Stone’s sentencing session on Thursday in Washington, D.C., US district judge Amy Berman Jackson gave a astonishing reprimand not only from Stone, but from the president himself, who said that the persecution was not initiated by “political enemies,” and that there was no “anti-Trump cabal” at hearing the case.
“He was not persecuted, as some have complained, because he stood up for the president, he was persecuted for hiding the president,” she said.
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
“There was nothing unfair, fake, or shameful about the investigation or the prosecution.”
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 the 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, remained silent when Jackson told a federal courtroom in Washington D.C. that he had to 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.
Happy result: a grinning Roger Stone left the field to get into a waiting car
En route: Roger Stone leaves the field and the crowd after his conviction
Off – but not to jail: Roger Stone apparently resurrected after being sentenced to 40 months, not the nine-year prosecutors wanted, but not the probationary period he had asked for himself
Not yet over: the case of Roger Stone has not yet come to an end because he has requested a new trial, which the judge is considering. She continued with the conviction and will later decide on his call for a new hearing
Crowd: Roger Stone walked through a crowd of waiting photographers and reporters as he left the field
Grinning: Roger Stone had shown no emotion when he was convicted and left the courthouse with a smile on his face
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
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 “pardon Roger Stone” banner that they kept behind him 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.”
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.
Stone’s conviction started on a rocky start when Berman Jackson said that anyone in court who had no medical reason to wear sunglasses had to remove it. Stone had arrived in round sunglasses.
Jackson took the opportunity to grill prosecutors about why the Justice Department decided last week to submit a second conviction note, a nod to the controversial decision of Attorney General William Barr to revoke the original recommendation of seven to seven. nine years from his own lawyers.
John Crabb, a newly appointed Federal Prosecutor, apologized for the “miscommunication,” insisting that the original prosecution team – who resigned last week in protest – acted in good faith.
Stone remained silent when Jackson remembered the seven crimes for which he had been convicted: five counts of false statements to Congress, one count of obstructing congress proceedings and one count of tampering with witnesses.
The latter charge would be of particular interest because she warned Stone that his punishment would probably be higher because it concerned specific threats of violence.
Last November’s trial heard Stone teasing radio presenter Randy Credico to plead the Fifth to prevent him from contradicting his 2016 testimony to Congress, calling him a “rat,” and threatening to take his therapy dog away.
Political point: an anti-Bill Barr protest was launched outside the federal court while Roger Stone was convicted – causing the advertising car to be pulled by the D.C. police
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
Asked if he had anything to say, Stone, impeccably dressed in a pinstripe suit, gray tie and suspenders, told Washington, D.C. District Court: “Honesty, I don’t want to speak right now, thank you very much.”
Jackson hurled the 67-year-old defendant as “an insecure person who craves and recklessly seeks attention.”
“This case did not arise because Roger Stone was being chased by his political enemies,” she added.
“It originated because Roger Stone typically injected himself in the middle of one of the most important problems of the day.”
Judge Jackson said that Stone had interfered in matters of “serious national interest” and had repeatedly lied under oath. She characterized his defense as: “What else?”
“Nothing about this case was a joke. It wasn’t funny, “she warned.
“This wasn’t Roger who was Roger. He lied to the congress, he lied to elected representatives. “
The no-nonsense judge praised the “professionalism” of the original four prosecutors and said that their recommendation was “truthful” and in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Justice.
However, she agreed with Barr’s review and said she was worried that seven to nine years would be “bigger than necessary.”
She sentenced Stone to 40 months for obstruction, 12 months each for the lied to lie to Congress and 18 months for tampering with witnesses, all sentences must be served simultaneously.
He was also fined $ 20,000 and will have to serve conditionally for two years. Federal rules mean that he must file his tax return with the court.
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.