We here at AP have always regarded Donald Trump’s close personal friend, Roger Stone, as one who deserves many years in Hades.
Stone is a no-holds barred political operative who is a self-proclaimed dirty trickster.
He’s also been described as a mendacious windbag, and he cofounded a political consulting firm with Paul Manafort, who ran Trump’s campaign, and who is now incarcerated.
Stone is a longtime friend of Donald Trump.
During Trump’s campaign, Stone promoted many falsehoods of conspiracy theories.
A man of great integrity, Robert Mueller III, investigated Stone’s role in that campaign.
Stone lied to Congress, and he was convicted on seven counts in federal court in the District of Columbia.
The U S Attorney at the time was Jessie Liu, and she oversaw the prosecution of Stone, and then Trump nominated her for a high-level position in Steven Mnuchin’s Treasury Department.
But Trump has pulled that nomination because Liu went after Stone (https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/13/politics/jessie-liu-trump-administration/index.html).
The team of four prosecutors who got the conviction of Stone have all left their posts after William Barr, Trump’s (seemingly) personal attorney, in his capacity as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, abruptly changed the sentencing recommendatioan for Stone.
All that directly contradicts the longstanding policy of preserving the Independence of the Justice Department.
And many in Washington are shocked (https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/12/trump-roger-stone-justice-department-114684).
But it’s up to Judge Amy Berman Jackson to decide on what sentence should be imposed on Stone.
We just received a text from our Chief Investigative Reporter, associate solitary reporter Susanna Sherman, who told us that all ninety-three United States Attorneys have resigned in protest.
Sherman also told us that she had just met with Judge Berman Jackson, who told her, “Don’t worry, Susanna, Stone won’t be going anywhere for quite a while."