The corruption of the Trump regime grows more blatant almost daily.
Emboldened by his acquittal at a show trial in the U.S. Senate, impeached President Donald Trump is now openly meddling in a legal case involving his friend and supporter, Roger Stone.
Stone was convicted in federal court in November of seven felonies for obstructing a congressional inquiry, lying to investigators under oath and trying to block the testimony of a witness. The charges could have carried a maximum prison term of 50 years.
Jurors found Stone was neck-deep in efforts to buttress Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and undermine that of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton, working as a go-between for the Trump campaign and Wikileaks, a website that publishes private and classified — often hacked — material.
Trump, a friend to Stone but not to justice, responded to the news of Stone's conviction by tweeting: "So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come."
Prosecutors who, by the way, worked for Trump's Department of Justice, did not ask the court to send Stone to prison for 50 years. They recommended a sentence of seven-to-nine years — very moderate, considering Stone's crimes.
But that was still more than Trump could stand.
He tweeted: "This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!"
And that's where it became apparent we are living in a dictatorship and no longer in a nation of laws.
The Justice Department, clearly operating under direct orders from the top, ordered the submission of a second sentencing memo on Tuesday. The new memo, while not calling for a specific sentence, said a sentence "far less" than the earlier recommendation "would be appropriate under the circumstances."
The four career prosecutors who handled the case were blindsided by the move and quickly withdrew from the case in protest.
Trump, never one to let truth get in the way of what he wants, attacked the prosecutors and defended the convicted criminal, tweeting, "Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn't ever even have started? 13 Angry Democrats?"
It became clear that Trump ordered Attorney General William Barr to intervene when Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought."
Senate Republicans, who had a chance to do something about Trump last week, feigned disapproval this week.
"I don't think he should be commenting on cases in the system," South Caroline Sen. Lindsey Graham said. "I don't think that's appropriate."
"The president should not have gotten involved," Maine Sen. Susan Collins said.
"I think the president's tweet aggravated the situation," Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy said.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson has the final say on Stone's sentencing, and we hope she goes big. We hope she not only meets, but exceeds the original sentencing recommendation to show Stone, Trump, Barr and anyone else paying attention that no one is above the law.
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