Sen. Stevens would agree
The Roger Stone sentencing uproar is the source of much tut-tutting among the powers-that-be and pundits in the nation’s capital.
Federal prosecutors recommended President Donald Trump’s friend, confidante and aide Roger Stone be sentenced to as many as nine years in prison for lying, witness tampering, and obstructing a congressional investigation during the Russian interference probe. His case was part of the fallout from the Robert Mueller investigation of alleged interference in the 2016 election.
Trump tweeted the sentence recommendations were much too harsh. On Tuesday, only hours later, Department of Justice officials tore up that initial sentencing request, calling it a ‘miscarriage of justice,’ and indicated any sentence should be shorter.
Four senior prosecutors on the Stone case reacted by calling it quits; one quit the department entirely.
In the ensuing uproar, while a federal judge mulls exactly what to hand Stone in the way of a sentence, there have been threats of a second impeachment attempt against Trump and a steady drumbeat of criticism against Attorney General William Barr.
Make no mistake, allowing the Department of Justice to be used, by anybody, as a political weapon is dangerous to each and every one of us.
We are sure the late Sen. Ted Stevens would agree.