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New prosecutors in Roger Stone trial defy Trump and ask for the same sentence from before Trump’s interference

New prosecutors in Roger Stone trial defy Trump and ask for the same sentence from before Trump’s interference

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While President Trump’s efforts to subvert the Justice Department’s independence and exonerate his buddies remain as determined as ever, it’s becoming clear that he severely misjudged the integrity of our nation’s top prosecutors and their commitment to justice.

The trial of former Trump advisor Roger Stone has gripped Washington’s attention for the past week as President Trump’s impulse to interfere on behalf of his bespectacled footpad sparked a judicial crisis in the Justice Department.

When Attorney General William Barr announced they would be revising Stone’s recommended sentence of seven to nine years in prison after the President complained that it was too harsh, four of the prosecutors involved quit in protest over the flagrant attempt to overrule their judgments.

But it appears that their gambit has failed, as Thursday morning’s trial saw the new prosecutors call for the same sentence of seven to nine years for Stone, who is accused of tampering with witnesses, obstructing an official proceeding, and lying to the FBI.

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The presiding Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who also sentenced former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, made it clear that she was not going to go easy on Stone in light of his flagrant efforts to thumb his nose at authority and the ease with which he lied over and over again.

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Unfortunately, it does look like Stone will not be getting the punishment that the Justice Department’s prosecutors deemed necessary.

But Judge Jackson made it clear that the president’s intervention would have no effect on her decision…

…and that a punishment would be coming.

Her final judgement was that Stone deserved three years and change in prison.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated as new developments emerge.

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Colin Taylor
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.

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