Early Tuesday tweet, Donald Trump called Stone's “A tragic and unjust situation,” and commented that “the true criminal activity were from the opposition”
The President's remarks were a reaction to prosecutors' suggesting that Judge Amy Berman Jackson declare Stone to 87-108 prison time.
A long time ally and political advisor was convicted in November on seven accounts of obstruction, tampering and making false claims to Congress related to the Russian collusion inspection of late Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Including, making a misguiding record to Congress, the prosecution stated that Stone committed tampering by coercing his long time friend, host Randy Credico, to decline in testifying to Congress or plead the 5th Amendment.
Prosecutors challenged that Stone covered the evidence to safeguard the campaign of Trump – despite the fact that the Mueller inspection itself, in conclusion of May, last year. Have yet to find any credible information relating to the speculation “collusion, and ever stated it “conceive that the President committed a crime.”
Which brings the question: If there's no criminal activity, why was Stone “trying to obstruct evidence?”
Two of the government prosecutors in the Robert Stone case, Aaron Zelinsky and Adam Jed, are former members of Mueller's staff. There were also several veterans of the Mueller team in the courtroom gallery as spectators during the opening and closing statements. Stone was arrested on January 25, 2019, in a pre-dawn raid by 29 FBI agents at his Fort Lauderdale home. Stone said of the arrest that authorities arrived “with a greater force than was used to take down Bin Laden, or El Chapo, or Pablo Escobar, to terrorize my wife and my dogs — it's unconscionable.”
Sentencing is scheduled for February 20. It is not yet certain whether the President will issue a pardon, although some took the Tuesday tweet as a signal that he will eventually do so.
Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas stated the President seems to be “signing at hovering a pardon.” Politico's Josh Gerstein also opined that there is a likelihood a pardon is on the way, comparing Stone's situation to that of former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whom President Trump pardoned in 2017.
Brad Moss, a national security attorney, declared in assurance that President Trump pardon Stone, and Michael Flynn.
Lieutenant General Flynn, an early ally of the President, pleaded guilty in 2017 to making false statements to the FBI in relation to the Mueller Russia probe. His sentencing has been deferred several times and is currently slated to take place on February 27.
Recently, Flyff sent in a motion seeking approval to pull-away his guilty plea. Later, he suggested that he be sentenced to probation and community service if the withdrawal suggestion is not granted.
U.S. Attorney John H. Durham is currently examining the origins of the Russia probe within the direction of Attorney General William Barr. The examination is seen as a response to the Justice Department Inspector General's document from December, which discovered many errors in the handling of the FBI's use of surveillance warrants to observe the Trump campaign.
IG Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report came short of saying that government investigators deliberately targeted the Trump team for political reasons.
Barr differed with Horowitz's assessment, saying in a statement:
The Inspector General's report now tends to make clear that the FBI launched an invasive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the slimmest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps undertaken. Additionally, it is crystal clear that, from the inception, the evidence generated by the investigation was consistently exculpatory. Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance were pushed forward throughout the campaign and deep into President Trump's administration.
In a rush to attain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory information from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information and facts negating the reliability of their principal source.
Roger Stone has received a reputation as a “dirty trickster” for his abrasive tactics as a political operative. Stone suggested Donald Trump run for President back in 1998 while working as the building tycoon's casino business lobbyist.