Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Is 'Feeling Untouchable,' Advisers and Allies Say

Trump Is 'Feeling Untouchable,' Advisers and Allies Say

But skepticism is understandable, given Trump's demonstrated disrespect for the impartial administration of justice and his past actions, including his documented efforts to impede the investigation of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Trump praised Attorney General William Barr for getting involved in the Stone case.

The White House denied Trump had pressured the DOJ to show lenience to Stone.

Now, Stone has been recommended for a prison sentence of 7-9 years by prosecutors in the case.

Stone was convicted a year ago on all seven counts against him, including obstruction, five counts of false statements and witness tampering during the Russian Federation probe.

In a highly unusual override of a Justice Department recommendation, an official who had not previously worked on the case called the recommendation "excessive and unwarranted" and said that the department would not make a formal recommendation.

Stone's conduct before the court after he was indicted, which included posting on Instagram a photo of Judge Jackson with a symbol that appeared to be crosshairs next to her head, was also cited as an aggravating factor in the original sentencing recommendation. Kravis told the court in a filing he was not only leaving the case but quitting his post as a federal prosecutor.

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Trump had made it clear early Tuesday he thought the original sentencing recommendation for Stone was unfair, tweeting at 1:48 a.m. that it was "a miscarriage of justice!".

Yet, "It was totally unnecessary", Noah said of Trump's tweets, noting of a picture of Stone, "As if there's one person who looks like he can break out of prison on his own, it's this guy". "I stay out of things to a degree that people wouldn't believe, but I didn't speak to them", Mr. Trump said.

"At the end of the day, the attorney general is responsible for the functioning of the Department of Justice", Whitaker said.

The White House said Trump did not interfere in the case. "He has the right to do it - he just didn't", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News.

After mentioning Stone and Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted in a separate trial stemming from the Mueller investigation, Burr told Reuters on Wednesday: "I've investigated these guys, and they're all bad".

According to a press release obtained by Law&Crime, the Pardon Roger J. Stone Committee is made up of Stone's "old friends" who are said to be "closing ranks around the Stone family" in anticipation of the Richard Nixon aficionado's sentencing date.

The committee says they are now in the process of raising money to help defray the cost of Stone's legal bills in the event of a likely appeal "and to establish a fund to care for his wife Nydia and their family" who have apparently been "left destitute after paying millions in legal fees".

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