“And the Oscar for the best performance by a Deep Stater in a staged outrage goes to . . .”
Somes the story is true but it’s still fake news.
Yesterday while the nation’s eyes were on New Hamster, Donald Trump and William Barr dragged the rule of law into an alley and skull-fucked it to death. Or something like that. CNN lays out the drama:
In an extraordinary move, all four federal prosecutors who took the case against longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone to trial withdrew Tuesday after top Justice Department officials undercut them and disavowed the government’s recommended sentence against Stone.
The mass withdrawal of the career prosecutors on the case was a stunning response to the controversial and politically charged decision by Attorney General William Barr and other top Justice Department officials to reduce prosecutors’ recommended sentence of up to nine years, which came just hours after Trump publicly criticized it on Twitter.
The rapid-fire developments in the case — the prosecutors’ withdrawals came one by one through court filings over the course of two hours Tuesday afternoon — spilled tensions between Justice Department brass and the career prosecutors into the open, raising questions about the Justice Department’s independence from political pressure. In a new filing Tuesday, the US Attorney’s Office in Washington revised the sentencing recommendation to be “far less” than the seven-to-nine years recommended on Monday. It was not signed by any of the prosecutors who worked the case.
Ultimately, the presiding judge in the case will have the final say on Stone’s sentence.
Trump denied any involvement in the sentencing revision, but the turnaround drew howls from congressional Democrats, who called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate.
“It is outrageous that DOJ has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing its recommendation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, tweeted Tuesday. “Stepping down of prosecutors should be commended & actions of DOJ should be investigated.”
Of the four prosecutors who withdrew from the case — Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, Jonathan Kravis, Adam Jed and Mike Marando — Zelinsky and Kravis also resigned from the DC US attorney’s office. Zelinsky, who worked on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, did not resign from the Baltimore US attorney’s office, where he is based.
A few points:
1. The prosecutors hired by Robert Mueller all had the Clinton Taint on them.
2. Their job was to uncover an impeachable offense to use against Trump.
3. Roger Stone is an idiot who deserves to be punished.
4. Not one person was charged with colluding with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.
5. Several people around Donald Trump were arrested and charged with crimes unrelated to Russian collusion and not involving Donald Trump. Some of them agreed to cooperate with Mueller, including Trump’s personal lawyer.
6. After two years of Gestapo tactics, Mueller finally admitted they found nothing on Trump.
7. The Russian Collusion case is closed.
8. All that is left are the sentencing of Roger Stone and a pending motion by Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea.
9. All of the prosecutors that Mueller borrowed from various DOJ offices will soon be sent back to whence they came. All the prosecutors that were hired to work on the investigation will soon have their positions terminated.
So imagine that you are a Trump-hating federal prosecutor who has been working for Bob Mueller. You were really excited when you first took the job because you wanted to put that toupee-wearing orange usurper behind bars. Two years later you are angry and frustrated.
You are preparing a sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone. You are discussing the case with your colleagues and you tell them you’re going to recommend a harsh 4-year sentence. One of your colleagues says that if you do that Trump will just commute the sentence or pardon him. Another one says he might not have to because AG Barr might overrule the recommendation. You start to say “If he did that I would resign in protest.”
That’s when the lightbulb goes off in your head. You’re all going to be leaving soon anyway. What if you deliberately provoke a reaction from Trump and/or AG Barr so you can all resign in protest? At the very least the media will call any comments by Trump an attempt to influence the judge, and who knows? You might get lucky and provoke Trump into doing something stupid.
In any event, a prosecutor’s sentencing recommendation is just that – a recommendation. The judge is the decider. He/she does not have to follow the recommendation.
Over the next 12 months I would not be surprised to see a lot of Obama holdovers/Deep Staters departing from government or getting reassigned to the hinterlands. They hung around to “resist” Trump but he’s not going anywhere so now they gotta go.