Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison amid Trump complaints against prosecutors

Washington (CNN)-Roger Stone, a longtime showman, political strategist and friend of President Donald Trump’s, was sentenced Thursday to 40 months in prison.

Stone was convicted last fall of lying to Congress and threatening a witness regarding his efforts for Trump’s 2016 campaign.
The sentencing is the culmination of an intense week that provoked Twitter fury from Trump and a reckoning within the Justice Department, leading a prosecutor to declare Thursday: “This prosecution is righteous.” It’s also the near-end of a case that’s had several shocking moments that exposed Trump’s interest in WikiLeaks during the campaign.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson spent much of the hearing criticizing Stone’s actions and also defended the Justice Department prosecutors at the center of last week’s drama.
“At his core, Mr. Stone is an insecure person who craves and recklessly pursues attention,” she said, quoting a letter from trial witness Randy Credico, before issuing her sentence, which also includes 2 years of probation.
Without mentioning Trump’s name, Jackson said claims Stone was being singled out for his politics were wrong.

Stone was not prosecuted “for standing up for the President,” she said. “He was prosecuted for covering up for the President.”
Prosecutors had initially asked Stone to be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison, resting that recommendation on the severity of his crimes and behavior. Trump called that ask “very unfair,” however, in a late-night tweet. Attorney General William Barr overrode the recommendation the next day, saying seven years in prison would be too harsh a sentence.

Trump said Thursday his Stone “has a very good chance of exoneration.”
Trump says he won’t pardon Roger Stone right now
“Roger has a very good chance of exoneration in my opinion,” Trump said at an event in Las Vegas. Stone is asking for a new trial, and the President added he would let legal the process play out before making a decision on any clemency.

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