Trump pal and adviser Roger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison today for lying and other offenses in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
This sentence by Judge Amy Berman Jackson is less than the seven to nine years recommended by original prosecutors, who quit the case after Attorney General William Barr intervened in a manner that has roiled the Justice Department.
The question now seems to be not if, but when Trump will give Stone a pardon. He’s tweeted incessantly about the supposed unfair treatment of Stone.
In a lengthy speech before imposing the penalty, Jackson seemed to take aim at Trump — saying Stone “was not prosecuted for standing up for the president; he was prosecuted for covering up for the president.” She also appeared to call out Attorney General William P. Barr, whose intervention to reduce career prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation she called “unprecedented.” But she said the politics surrounding the case had not influenced her final decision.
“The truth still exists, the truth still matters,” Jackson said. “Roger Stone’s insistence that it doesn’t, his belligerence, his pride in his own lies are a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the foundations of our democracies. If it goes unpunished it will not be a victory for one political party; everyone loses.”