Roger Stone … he’s a nasty piece of work. He’s part of the reason we are in the mess we’re in today, with a president who thinks he’s king, with the wealthy calling the shots while the rest of us are lied to and our rights diminished on a daily basis. But let’s go back a little further …For many years in the 1980s and ‘90s, Stone was a lobbyist for Donald Trump on behalf of his casino businesses. Stone has been involved in so many scandals that I’ve lost count. Stone is also associated with Proud Boys, a far-right, fascist, white supremacist group. He has been affiliated with Alex Jones’ Infowars, Breitbart, and the conspiracy theory that claimed President Obama was born outside the U.S. Stone has linked his fortunes with so many nasties that it would take me the whole day to tell you about them all. But his most recent crimes landed him, finally, in very hot water.Roger Stone was largely responsible, along with Russian operators and Julian Assange, for hacking into Hillary Clinton’s emails during the 2016 election. On January 25, 2019 Stone was arrested on seven criminal charges in relation to Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.
On February 18, 2019, Stone posted on Instagram a photo of the federal judge overseeing his case, Amy Berman Jackson, with what resembled rifle scope crosshairs next to her head.After a week-long trial in November 2019, the jury convicted Stone on all counts. His sentencing hearing was originally scheduled for February 6th, but his attorneys requested a delay until sometime after March 9th. Stone’s attorneys have argued for no jail time, but only probation. Yesterday, prosecutors recommended a sentence of between 7 and 9 years. Immediately Donald Trump tweeted inanely …
“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 now I come to the part of this story that should horrify you.
The Department of Justice plans to reduce its sentencing recommendation. No word yet on whether they will recommend only probation, or perhaps a sentence of only a few months. But think about this one, folks. The man is a criminal, has been a criminal all his adult life, has been proven to have broken countless laws including lying to Congress and threatening a witness, and he is a large part of the reason that Donald Trump is sitting in the Oval Office today, though not through legitimate means. And yet, because Donald Trump threw a hissy fit, the Department of Justice, under Trump’s lackey William Barr, is going to actually override justice to please the “president”. In other words … we have no Department of Justice and Trump is now calling the shots.
Think about it … it can work in both ways. Say I’m arrested outside the White House for protesting something that Trump has done … if Trump told William Barr he wanted me put away for life, no amount of arguing by my attorneys would change the verdict. Is this what we’ve allowed to happen in this nation? Paul Manafort is serving a 7 ½ year sentence for his crimes … why should Stone get any less, for his crimes were every bit as serious as Manafort’s?
Justice. It’s a funny word, for it’s open to interpretation. There are grey areas, for sure. But, when the ‘man’ sitting in the Oval Office can literally override the courts, can decide what he wants and the Department of “Justice” will accede to his whims and wishes, then … there is no justice. If the court gives Roger Stone no more than a slap on the wrist for his very serious crimes, then this nation is in deep trouble … the last bastion of hope for salvation from a cruel dictator will have crumbled.