Republican consultant Roger Stone, an ally of President Donald Trump, was handed a prison sentence of three years and four months Thursday in federal court in Washington for his conviction on witness intimidation and lying to Congress about the Russian collusion investigation.
“He was not prosecuted, as some have complained, for standing up for the president, he was prosecuted for covering up for the president,” said US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Stone.
Last year, Stone was arrested by armed FBI agents who raided his Florida home. Stone was then wrapped into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and charged with seven counts. The indictment revealed Stone’s conversations about the stolen Democratic emails posted by WikiLeaks just weeks before Mr. Trump won the election.
Berman Jackson said a harsh punishment was necessary because of Stone’s threats against a witness and his “obstruction” leading to an “inaccurate, incorrect and incomplete report” from the House.
“This is intolerable to the administration of justice and the courts should not sit idly by, shrug its shoulders and just say it’s ‘Roger being Roger,’” she said.
Meanwhile, Stone’s defense team asked for no prison time.
“Given Mr. Stone’s larger-than-life persona, it’s particularly important to remind the court that Stone” isn’t just a name in the news “he’s a real human being,” Seth Ginsberg told the judge in court.
The President shared his thoughts on Stone’s sentencing in a tweet Thursday morning and cited a two-tiered system of justice.
“They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.” @CNN OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary Clinton, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2020
President Trump issued seven pardons on Tuesday. It has been rumored that he could do the same for Stone.