Roger Stone Prosecutor Resigns ‘Immediately’ After DOJ Rejects Absurd Sentencing Proposal

Update (1745ET): A fourth career prosecutor working the Roger Stone case has resigned, after Michael Marando notified the court of his withdrawal. He joins Aaron Zelinsky, Jonathan Kravis and Adam Jed – who reportedly bullied federal prosectuor Timothy Shea into recommending a heavy-handed sentence to the long-time Trump associate.

According to Axios, the DOJ has filed a new sentencing recommendation which does not offer a specific sentence recommendation – instead, deferring to the court.

The new memo argues “the witness Stone was convicted of attempting to intimidate, Randy Credico, claims that he “did not perceive a genuine threat,”” according to the report.

Following the Stone chaos, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) demanded that the DOJ Inspector General investigate the matter, saying “This situation has all the indicia of improper political interference in a criminal prosecution.” 

Stone was found guilty in November on seven counts related to attempts to learn more about when WikiLeaks would publish emails which were harmful to Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House in 2016.

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Update (1605ET): Just a few short hours after Aaron Zelinsky resigned, Roger Stone’s other prosecutor Jonathan Kravis has also just resigned as Assistant US Attorney.

Jonathan Kravis “has resigned as an Assistant United States Attorney and therefore no longer represents the government in this case.”

Kravis, a former clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Merrick Garland on the US Court of Appeals, served as an associate White House counsel for the Obama administration from 2009 to 2010.

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The prosecutor who recommended that Trump confidant Roger Stone receive up to nine years in prison has resigned, effective immediately – after reports have emerged that his office misled the DOJ over the proposal, which reportedly ‘shocked’ DOJ officials enough that they will re-file it.

Prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky gave no details in a Tuesday letter submitted in Stone’s case, however a footnote reads that it was “effective immediately.”

Earlier Tuesday, AP reported that the Justice Department would “take the extraordinary step of lowering the recommended prison time for Roger Stone, an ally of President Donald Trump, a federal official said Tuesday.”

Beg your pardon?

Hours later, The Federalist‘s Sean Davis reported that federal prosecutors were reportedly blindsided by the recommendation, which a Fox News source said the DOJ felt was “extreme, excessive, and grossly disproportionate” to Stone’s crimes.

“The Department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the filing in the Stone case last night,” the DOJ official reportedly told Fox. “The sentencing recommendation was not what had been briefed to the Department.”

The report from Fox News suggested that DOJ was in the process of rescinding the rogue prosecutors’ recommendation. –The Federalist

What’s more, “Sources told The Federalist that Timothy Shea, who was recently appointed to take over as the top federal prosecutor in D.C. earlier this month, was bullied into agreeing to the sentence recommendation by Adam Jed and Aaron Zelinsky, who were originally tapped by Mueller to investigate whether Donald Trump treasonously colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.”

In a Monday evening sentencing memorandum, prosecutors asked for Stone to serve between 87 and 108 months in federal prison, which they argued was within federal guidelines. They argued in court filings that “Stone’s actions were not a one-off mistake in judgement,” and that he “decided to double – and triple – down on his criminal conduct by tampering with a witness for months in order to make sure his obstruction would be successful.”

Prosecutors charged that Stone lied to Congress about his conversations about WikiLeaks with New York radio host Randy Credico — who had scored an interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016 — and conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.

During the 2016 campaign, Stone mentioned in interviews and public appearances that he was in contact with Assange through a trusted intermediary and hinted at inside knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans. But he started pressing Credico to broker a contact, and Credico testified that he told Stone to work through his own intermediary. -AP

News of the reversal has absolutely triggered the left, with former DOJ counterintelligence chief David Laufman calling it a “break-glass-in-case-of-fire moment.”

As AP notes, federal prosecutors also recently softened their sentencing position on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, saying “they would not oppose a probation of punishment after initially saying that he deserved up to six months in prison for lying to the FBI. The Flynn prosecution is also being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington.”

via zerohedge

16 comments

  1. These prosecutors were like the POS that Mueller had on his team. Cutthroat garbage lawyer scumbags that taint evidence, hide evidence, manufacture evidence, and break every rule in the court room! This is another reason to vote Democrats out of office!

    1. The DOJ ,and government lawyers have really given lawyers a bad reputation. Looks like every lawyer is a prevaricater,manipulator of laws,a Creator of prison sentences too assuage their power. Stone did absolutely nothing, he went after info for his writings. But too get too Trump they colluded with and twisted facts. Cohan,Flynn manafort stone. And I think 2 more?. All too get too Trump. HEADS ARE ROLLING BY THE DOJ,FBI, CIA,NSA ETC H

  2. The rotten putrid Dems think it is just fine for the courts to deal out double standard punishment, in their favor! WE say it is not okay, both sides should be treated fairly and equally! Roger Stone and any other Republicans should be dealt with and given the same consideration as the Dems have been extended in the past!A
    Damn it! We are tired of the BS, we demand fair treatment as is our Constitional right!

  3. We HAVE to make sure Trump gets re-elected ,to finish his job with the SWAMP..the DUMS are dirty and are afraid of Trump…..lets make sure he gets a 2nd term and takes over the house and keeps control of the senate.If we don’t it is going to be a really tough go for our country. they are hell bent to destroy it…

  4. I guess having them resign is another good way to get rid of the swamp dwellers. Their abuse of power is astonishing as the leftists try to say that’s what our President is doing. Hope they’re all gone when Trump is re-elected to his second term. Then we can see just how great common sense practices work! TRUMP 2020!

  5. LOL LOL LOL, the dip wads ambulance chasers loose again, this is the price they pay for being dishonest, they and mueller and his team of gutter gangsters all need to be run in and jailed.

  6. All the damned Democraps need their clocks cleaned . Ovomit loaded as many minions in to our Government as possible to make it a gaulent for any conservative trying to get justice or satisfaction ! It is Ovomit and his minions that should be put away for 9 years !
    Hang some imprison the rest but start the hangings with that Damned Lying Kenyan !

  7. Some double standard the Mueller investigation was stocked with Obama and Clinton donors this
    was not an impartial investigation it was to get president Trump and anyone associated with him.
    Chucky I would love to see you call for a special prosecutor to investigate Mueller and the Clinton’s
    and the Obama administration along with Joe and Hunter Biden also President Trump and the DNC
    and the Republican Party I bet you you don’t have gumption or balls to do it.

  8. Glad the all quit! They were all involved with criminal activity trying to take down a President and STILL NONE OF THEM HAVE FACEED JUSTICE!! WTH?

    These people need be assassinated, since they haven’t been charged and punished.

  9. We all know that the past administration was trying to control the present administration. There is no way you can not see that! Obama was trying to keep his legend alive! These Democrat are trying hard to keep their crime from being explore. Knowing dam well they could face life in prison or the firing squad. Don’t be surprised if some resign when it starts to get hot around their necks!

  10. So, Stone wants an early scoup on bad Hillary news. There is not a damned thing wrong with this at all. If the.media would.remember their own investigations into Hillary, and Bill, they would understand why we don’t want her in…at all. She could demolish a steel ball, with a rubber hammer. How much respect can you give someone who destroyed evidence…after a supoena.

  11. I WANT THE DEMOCRAT HOUSE MEMBERS SUED FOR EVERY CENT THEY HAVE STOLEN FROM THE TAXPAYERS.
    THEY HAVE ABUSED THE SYSTEM,THE TAXPAYER.
    ABUSE OF POWER FOR THREE YEARS.

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