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Trump Calls Stone Sentencing Request 'Disgraceful'

Prosecutors recommend 7 to 9 years
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2020 1:36 AM CST
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Roger Stone, left, with his wife Nydia Stone, leaves federal court in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. .   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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(Newser) – In a move deemed "disgraceful" by President Trump, federal prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 7 to 9 years for his old friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone. In a sentencing memo filed Monday, prosecutors asked for a sentence of 87 to 108 months for the 67-year-old, saying he "obstructed Congress's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, lied under oath, and tampered with a witness," Axios reports. They added that after he was indicted as part of Robert Mueller's investigation, Stone "displayed contempt for this Court and the rule of law." In November, a jury found Stone guilty on seven felony counts. He was hit with a gag order last February after posting a photo of US District Judge Amy Berman in what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun.

In the sentencing memo, prosecutors from the US Attorney's Office in Washington used the same argument House prosecutors presented during Trump's impeachment trial, Politico reports. "Investigations into election interference concern our national security, the integrity of our democratic processes, and the enforcement of our nation’s criminal laws," they wrote. Stone could face a maximum of 50 years when he is sentenced Feb. 20. His lawyers have suggested probation instead of jail time, and Trump has not ruled out a pardon. "This is a horrible and very unfair situation," the president tweeted Monday night. "The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!" (Read more Roger Stone stories.)

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