Former advisor and longtime friend of President Trump, Roger Stone, has been sentenced by a federal judge to over three years in prison (40 months). Roger Stone has been found guilty for lying to Congress and obstructing the investigation into “Russian Collusion” in the 2016 elections.
Stone was also sentenced to pay a $20,000 fine, four years of probation after his prison term, and 250 hours of community service.
Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who was appointed under President Obama gave her verdict. She called Stone “a threat to our democracy.” Moreover, in the run-up to his case, Stone had, according to the judge, acted “threatening and intimidating” towards the court by distributing certain photos via social media.
The trial against Stone is a result of an investigation by special investigator Robert Mueller into Russian attempts to influence the elections. According to the jury Stone made false statements about this during Mueller’s investigation and encouraged witnesses to do the same.
Stone was already convicted in November last year of seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. Prosecutors were initially seeking a 7 to 9 year prison sentence for Stone but after a tweet from President Trump, all 4 prosecutors resigned and the DOJ offered a new sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone.
Barr said President Trump didn’t pressure him to lower the sentence. He did say in an interview with ABC News that Trump should stop tweeting about the ministry. “It makes it impossible for me to do my job.” According to him, the decision to lower the sentence had already been made before Trump’s tweet.
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