DOJ to Reduce Recommended Sentence for Former Trump Adviser Roger Stone

Headline Roundup February 11th, 2020

The Department of Justice said Tuesday it would lower the recommended prison sentence for Roger Stone, former adviser to President Donald Trump. The initial recommendation of a 7-9 year sentence was made Monday night; the department reportedly said it made the decision to lower the recommendation before Trump tweeted that the proposed sentence was a "miscarriage of justice". Stone was convicted in November of lying to investigators and six other counts related to Congress' probe of possible Russian election interference in 2016. Several federal prosecutors reportedly resigned in protest of the department's backpedaling Tuesday.

The story has been covered prominently by left- and center-rated outlets as of Tuesday afternoon, with some focusing on possible political interference between Trump and the DOJ that may have prompted the decision to cut back the previous sentencing recommendation.

DOJ to Reduce Recommended Sentence for Former Trump Adviser Roger Stone

From the Right
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The Department of Justice will decrease the sentencing recommendation federal prosecutors made for Roger Stone, it announced on Tuesday, a few hours after President Donald Trump criticized the recommendation in a tweet.

“The Department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the filing in the Stone case last night,” an unnamed senior Justice official told Fox News. “The sentencing recommendation was not what had been briefed to the Department.”

Federal prosecutors recommended that Stone should be sentenced to between 87 and 108 months in prison following his conviction on...

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From the Left
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The Justice Department is stepping back from a recommendation that Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, serve a stiff prison sentence following his conviction on charges of impeding congressional and FBI investigations into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In an early-morning tweet Tuesday, Trump blasted federal prosecutors for urging a prison sentence of about seven to nine years for Stone, the veteran GOP political consultant and provocateur found guilty by a jury last year on seven felony counts brought by former special counsel Robert Mueller....

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From the Center
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It looks like President Trump got his point across.

The Justice Department has decided to back off its earlier recommendation that Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone receive a sentencing of seven to nine years following his seven-count conviction last year for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing a House investigation into possible coordination between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. A department official confirmed the news to The Associated Press, describing the recommendation as "extreme, excessive, and grossly disproportionate" to Stone's offenses.

Upon learning about the initial recommendation, Trump...

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