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00:55  15 september  2020
00:55  15 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Justice Department internal watchdog is investigating Roger Stone's sentencing, say sources

  Justice Department internal watchdog is investigating Roger Stone's sentencing, say sources Prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky told Congress the U.S. Attorney's office in D.C. told him to recommend a lighter sentence because of Stone's ties to Trump.The investigation is focused on events in February, according to the two sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, when prosecutors for Stone have said they were told to seek a lighter sentence for Stone than they had previously considered.

The Justice Department’s initial recommendation was consistent with its usual policy, which is that in a “typical case,” a recommendation of a sentence within the federal In my experience, federal prosecutors handling high-profile cases discuss sentencing recommendations with their supervisors.

Roger Stone prosecutors quit over sentencing recommendation. He asked Horowitz to investigate on what basis the recommendations were withdrawn, who made the decision at DOJ and Rule of law in this grand tradition in this wonderful Justice Department is just being totally perverted to Donald

The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General is investigating the department's intervention in the sentencing of Roger Stone, NBC News reported, citing two people familiar with the matter.

Donald Trump, Roger Stone are posing for a picture: Justice IG investigating Stone sentencing: report © Getty Justice IG investigating Stone sentencing: report

The two sources said the probe will focus on a period in February when prosecutors have said they were told to recommend a lighter sentence due to Stone's friendship with President Trump.

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Justice Department officials did not discuss the case with anyone at the White House, including the president, said Kerri Kupec, a department spokeswoman As is customary in prominent prosecutions, the line prosecutors on the Stone case discussed their proposed sentencing recommendation with

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All four prosecutors working on the case quit after Attorney General William Barr overrode the prosecutorial recommendation of seven to nine years. Stone was sentenced to 40 months on seven felony convictions, including lying to investigators and witness tampering. However, the president commuted his sentence in July before he was to report to prison.

Aaron Zelinsky, one of the prosecutors involved in the case, testified before Congress in June that he had been told to recommend a lighter sentence by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Attorney, Zelinsky testified, was "receiving heavy pressure from the highest levels of the Department of Justice to cut Stone a break, and that the U.S. Attorney's sentencing instructions to us were based on political considerations."

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Barr defended his intervention in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in July, saying "I agree the president's friends don't deserve special breaks, but they also don't deserve to be treated more harshly than other people." Barr also cited Stone's age.

A source familiar with the investigation told NBC that Zelinsky's testimony was the trigger for the probe. The extent of the investigation, or whether it has uncovered any wrongdoing, was unclear. The sentencing was already the subject of an inquiry by the department's Office of Personal Responsibility, the two sources told NBC. However, the OIG is required to report its findings to Congress and publicly, and can refer cases for prosecution.

The Hill has reached out to the Justice Department for comment.

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