Three Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors who recommended disgraced Roger Stone be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison left the case Tuesday after reports that top officials would seek to reduce their sentencing request.
In a one-sentence filing to the U.S. District Court prosecutor Timothy J. Shea withdrew from the case. He followed two others, lawyer Jonathan Kravis who announced his resignation as an assistant U.S. attorney earlier in the day, and prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky.
The three were involved in providing the initial sentencing guidance for Stone.
In a stunning development, multiple outlets reported earlier Tuesday that the Justice Department would seek to change their sentencing recommendations because top officials found those guidelines to be “excessive.”
Those reports also came after Trump blasted the initial guidelines on Twitter, saying that Stone was treated unfairly by prosecutors.
“This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” the president tweeted. “The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!”
Trump’s tweet and the Justice Department’s decision to overrule career prosecutors raised questions about potential political interference in Stone’s sentencing.
Stone, 67, a longtime adviser to Trump, was convicted of seven counts of obstructing and lying to Congress and witness tampering over his efforts during the 2016 campaign to get the Trump campaign information from WikiLeaks.
Prosecutors had made the recommendation of 87 to 108 months in prison to D.C. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, based on federal guidelines.
Stone’s lawyers have asked the judge to give their client probation instead of prison time.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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