The scales of the US Justice system tilted to the side of injustice after the Justice Department overruled the four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone saying it would take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for President Trumps longtime ally and confidant.
The four attorneys who prosecuted Stone quite the case Tuesday. Each had signed onto a Monday sentencing memo that recommended between 7 and 9 years in prison for Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election. It is expected the Justice Department will lower the sentencing time.
It is extremely rare for Justice Department leaders to reverse the decision of its own prosecutors on a sentencing recommendation particularly after that recommendation has been submitted to the court.
This is the second mass exodus from a case which is rare, though the tumult did conjure an episode from last summer when Justice Department lawyers abruptly left a lawsuit over whether a citizenship question could be added to the census.
Suspicion reined because the decision was made just before a Trump tweet saying the recommendation as, “very horrible and unfair”.
Just remembefr the Justice Department’s leader is Attorney Geneeral William Bar, a suck up and steady ally of the president’s since taking dthe position.
Last year he cleared the president of obstruction of justice even when Muller had pointedly declined to do so, and Barr has declared that the FBI’s Russia investigation, which resulted in charges against Stone, has been based on “bogus narrative.”