On November 15, 2019, Roger Stone — a longtime friend and consultant to President Donald Trump —was convicted on seven counts in a federal indictment. Stone’s charges included five counts of lying to Congress, one count of witness tampering, and one count of obstructing the then ongoing House investigation into the Trump-Russia collusion hoax. Initially sentenced to serve 7-9 years in federal prison, the severity of Stone’s sentencing garnered significant push back and criticism. President Trump even went so far as to call it a “miscarriage of justice” in a tweet. Authorities at the Department of Justice, under Attorney General William Barr, subsequently sought shorter sentencing for Stone due to the surprising severity of the initial ruling. Additionally, all four of the original prosecutors assigned to Stone’s case have since submitted their resignations.
The case against Roger Stone is a result of Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump-Russia collusion narrative; that, by Mueller’s admission, never occurred. Much like the former Chairman for the Trump 2016 campaign — Paul Manafort — the charges brought against Stone, realistically, have nothing to do with Russian collusion. Instead, they pertain to crimes that might as well have been pulled out of thin air to punish the allies of President Trump (vis-a-vis the Steele Dossier). Indeed, there can be no doubt that the charges brought against Roger Stone are the results of hyper-partisan malfeasance. After all, CNN was the only news network tipped off about the, then, impending FBI raid on Stone’s residence.
Momentum for granting Stone a retrial grew, after the Department of Justice sought the court’s reconsideration of the severe punishment for nonviolent and highly questionable charges. However, after it came to light that the foreperson of the jury was an outspoken critic of both President Trump and Roger Stone, a Democratic activist, and a failed politician by the name of Tomeka Hart, a retrial became necessary.
With all the evidence of malpractice from leftist operatives, one could reasonably assume that the Stone’s resentencing trial would result in exoneration, and if not perhaps a presidential pardon. However, on February 20, 2020, neither of these came to fruition. Roger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and subjected to a fine of $20,000.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who presided over the hearing, has since come under substantial scrutiny. Judge Jackson is an Obama era judicial appointee and, correspondingly, is a leftist activist on the bench. In 2013, Judge Jackson took a stand against Catholic organizations, arguing that they had to provide contraceptives in violation of their First Amendment Rights (later overturned by the Supreme Court). In 2017, she dismissed a wrongful death suit filed against Hillary Clinton by two Benghazi families. She also helped Peter Strozk regain his previous job with the FBI and ensured that Paul Manafort’s plea bargain would not be upheld, and he would be held in solitary confinement, both in recent years. So, I’m prone to sympathize with Stone’s legal team in their efforts seeking to dismiss her from this case.
How can someone not think the deck is stacked against Roger Stone? An investigation that was started, with fraudulent information gathered by partisan actors, yielded criminal charges for something that had nothing to do with the initial purpose of the investigation. If we use the infinite resources of the United States government to investigate our enemies, we will find something sketchy in their past; it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. But, that’s not justice. Roger Stone, albeit a dirty trickster by his admission, is a victim of The Swamp.
Although his legal team will contest the charges, as his they have filed a new-trial motion, it is unlikely that Stone will see a change in verdict.
Thus, it is time for President Trump to step in and issue Roger Stone, a Presidential Pardon. To paraphrase the President: this has been a “miscarriage of justice,” and he can set the record straight.