CBS News Catherine Herridge reported earlier that top DOJ officials were stunned by the 7 to 9 year prison sentence recommendation; and that DC prosecutors were rogue in this decision and had not informed DOJ leadership.
Additional reporting from Herridge said the DOJ informed the court “they would clarify its position later today with the court after calling the 7-9 year sentencing recommendation for lying and obstructing congress “extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate to Stone’s offenses.”
Hours later Aaron Zelinsky, who worked as a prosecutor for Team Mueller, “resigned effective immediately… as a Special Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia,” according to a filing in the Roger Stone case:
It looks like the over-the-top sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone was a planned set-up by Aaron Zelinsky et al, to force AG Bill Barr to step-in and reduce the sentence; thereby giving fuel to those in media/lawfare who are accusing AG Barr of political influence. This reeks of Lawfare scheming.
However, Zelinsky is only departing the special assistant to DC role, and it appears he is still an assistant US attorney for the District of Maryland.
The Robert Mueller team assembly was a den of snakes. However, they may have just overplayed their hand on this one. The seven to nine year sentence recommendation for Roger Stone is so over-the-top even Democrats are admitting it.
Democrats are trying desperately to use the courts system to send a message to anyone that participates in the opposition party. We can actually thank them for providing us all the evidence we need as to why THEY should never have political power in this country. They have no regard for justice, law or the Constitution.
@Deplorable Me: Two more just departed as well.
@another vet: Aren’t they committed to their duty to the deep state?
Stone was proven to have told six separate lies under oath in connection with the Congressional investigation of a serious matter involving national security. In addition, it was established in court that he was guilty of witness tampering.
What would be the consequences if there were no serious penalties for such criminal behavior?
@Greg: I guess if there were, Hillary would be in prison for exposing national security to everyone that cared to look and then lying about it under oath. But, you Democrats proved nothing about that was criminal. Also nothing wrong with Brennan, Comey, McCabe, Strzok and Clapper lying to Congress, either.
@Greg: Stone was a blow hard he made predictions that were already rumor on the Web for weeks. Emails from journalists asking Podesta to edit their stories about Stinky hardly national security, hardly surprising. Everytime a Trump associate tried to get a witness for the defense it was called witness tampering.