The Resistance Lives On. Former Mueller Prosecutors Resigns After DOJ Intervenes in Their Vendetta Against Roger Stone

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The Resistance Lives On. Former Mueller Prosecutors Resigns After DOJ Intervenes in Their Vendetta Against Roger Stone

Former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone walks out of the federal courthouse following a hearing, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Stone was arrested Friday in the special counsel’s Russia investigation and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

 

Last night federal prosecutors in the Roger Stone case submitted their sentencing recommendation. Where federal sentencing guidelines called for probation-to-21 months for first time offenders with Stone’s record, the prosecution recommendation was for 84-to-107 months. To call the sentence an outrage is an understatement. And it did not go unnoticed:

As Bonchie noted, you don’t have to like or respect Roger Stone or think he’s anything other than a sh**bag to see the outlandish nature of the recommended sentence.

But there are some other interesting factors involved. Of the prosecution team. For instance, Jonathan Kravis, Aaron Zelinsky, and Adam Jed all worked Robert Mueller’s prosecution team. When the sentencing recommendation was briefed to the US attorney and to the Department of Justice, both were left with the impression that the extraordinary and vindictive sentence demanded by the prosecution team had been set aside.

A senior Justice Department official said Tuesday afternoon that department leaders were taken by surprise by the recommendation in the prosecution filing. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the decision to revise the submission was unrelated to Trump’s tweet and took place Monday evening, prior to Trump sending the message.

“The department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the Stone case last night,” said the official. “That recommendation was not the recommendation that had been briefed to the department. The department found the recommendation to be extreme and excessive and grossly disproportionate to Stone’s offenses and the department will clarify its position in court later today.”

According to the Washington Post, however, the Muelleristas browbeat their bosses into signing off on the higher sentence:

Front-line prosecutors, some previously from Mueller’s team, argued for a prison sentence on the higher end, while their bosses wanted to calculate the guidelines differently to get to a lower sentence. The debate centered around whether they should seek more prison time for obstruction that impedes the administration of justice, these people said.

In the end, the office filed a recommendation keeping with the line prosecutors’ goals, and rejecting the lighter recommendation sought by their superiors, the people said.

[Love the sourcing: “people said”]

As The Federalist notes, the US Attorney for the District of Columbia Mark Shea seems to have let his bosses be blindsided by a sentencing recommendation that was wildly different from what Department of Justice was told was going to happen:

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…

Shea’s acquiescence to the demand by the disgruntled former Mueller operatives raised questions about whether Shea was operationally in control of the D.C. prosecutor’s office, or whether he had effectively outsourced major decisions in high-profile cases to Mueller’s former deputies.

What seems to have happened is relatively clear. The three former Mueller prosecutors, having seen their coup attempt evaporate were just trying to extract vengeance on Roger Stone as a form of payback. They were also clearly sending a big screw-you to President Trump and to Attorney General Bill Barr.

A little earlier today, the Justice Department withdrew the sentencing recommendation. The indispensable @Techn_Fog had this to offer:

And right on cue, we have this:

Attorney General Barr has work to do to make the Department of Justice a functioning agency and not simply a fiefdom or and sincecure for upwardly mobile Democrat operatives. What the prosecution team did to their boss is inexcusable. They not only used a prosecution to carry out a personal vendetta, they put their boss is an indefensible position. Barr needs to have a real come-to-Jesus moment with USA Timothy Shea and give him clear direction to either impose discipline upon the leftwing lynch mob he is currently overseeing or pack his sh** and get off the battlefield and let someone else do the job.

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