“A federal judge has ordered Roger Stone to report to prison July 14, granting him a two-week delay because of the coronavirus pandemic, but not the two months that President Trump’s confidant had requested with prosecutors’ assent,” the Washington Post reports.
David Hopkins: “The quadrennial celebration of the key strategists behind the winning candidate as unrivaled masters of the political arts usually reflects an assumption that the outcome proved them to be savvier or more ruthless than their counterparts in the losing camp. But most of the time, there are equally smart and tough people on both sides of a race. One competitor will inevitably be elected and the other defeated—it’s the nature of the business—but that doesn’t mean that the winners are always geniuses and the losers always incompetents.”
“Interestingly, the 2020 election may be the first in a while that has not generated substantial press coverage of the top professional staffers in the two major presidential campaigns.”
Politico: “The Justice Department won’t oppose a bid by Roger Stone, the longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, to delay an upcoming prison sentence until September, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday night, citing department-wide policies implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic.”
President Trump strongly hinted Thursday at a pardon of friend and longtime political adviser Roger Stone, who has been ordered to report to prison later this month, the Washington Post reports.
Trump said Stone was the “victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt” and should “sleep well at night.”
Longtime Trump friend and political adviser Roger Stone must report to prison by June 30, CNN reports.
“Stone is designated to be inmate #19579-104 after a federal judge sentenced him to 40 months in prison for lying to Congress and witness intimidation.”
President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been released from prison to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement because of concerns over the novel coronavirus, ABC News reports.
Roger Stone just filed notice that he’s appealing his conviction from last year with the D.C. Court of Appeals.
President Trump tweets: “Does anybody really believe that Roger Stone, a man whose house was raided early in the morning by 29 gun toting FBI Agents (with Fake News CNN closely in toe), was treated fairly.”
“Nearly three-dozen search warrants unsealed late Tuesday reveal a web of contacts between longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and other key figures in the long-running probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election,” Politico reports.
“Stone, who was convicted last year of lying to House investigators during their own Russia probe, was never charged with aiding efforts by Russia. But his contacts with Assange add new details to a relationship that he long denied existed.”
“In a set of 2017 messages revealed in one search warrant, Stone assured Assange — who spent years in asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London before being arrested by British authorities last year — that he would ‘bring down the entire house of cards’ if U.S. prosecutors pursued him.”
“I am praying for a pardon.”
— Roger Stone, quoted by NBC News.
“A federal judge on Thursday rejected Roger Stone’s demand for a new trial, ruling that the jury forewoman in Stone’s trial was not substantially biased against President Trump’s longtime political confidant,” the Washington Post reports.
Paul Manafort, is seeking early release from prison due to the threat the coronavirus poses to his health, Politico reports.
“Manafort lawyer Kevin Downing made the request to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Monday, asking that the 71-year-old lobbyist and political consultant be transferred to home confinement to serve the remainder of his seven-and-a-half year sentence for a series of convictions on charges of tax evasion, failing to report foreign bank accounts, witness tampering and engaging in unregistered lobbying for foreign interests.”
“I keep wondering how one survives jail with a Nixon tattoo on your back.”
— Former Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, on Twitter.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Trump, to 40 months in prison for lying to and obstructing Congress and witness tampering in the Russia investigation, the New York Times reports.
Handing down a 40-month sentence, Judge Jackson said Stone’s behavior inspired “dismay and disgust.”
She added: “The truth still exists. The truth still matters. Roger Stone’s insistence that it doesn’t, his pride in his own lies are a threat to the very foundation of this democracy.”
Politico: “Stone and Trump have a history unlike anyone else around the president. They’ve known each other since Ronald Reagan’s 1980 White House campaign and maintained a rapport that includes Stone counseling Trump during four potential presidential runs and Trump hiring Stone as a lobbyist to represent his gambling, airline and hotel businesses. In his most recent book, Stone boasted that he knew about Trump’s 2016 plans more than two years before the formal campaign announcement.”
“The federal judge in Roger Stone’s criminal trial said Tuesday that she will still sentence the Republican operative on Thursday, but may postpone imposing the terms of that punishment pending resolution of his request for a new trial,” CNBC reports.
“Defense attorneys for Roger Stone demanded a new trial Friday, one day after President Trump suggested that the forewoman in his longtime political confidant’s case had ‘significant bias,'” the Washington Post reports.
“The legal motion could affect Stone’s Feb. 20 sentencing date on charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress.”
Trump denounced federal prosecutors’ recommendation of a 7 to 9-year prison sentence for Roger Stone.
Said Trump: “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!”
Jonathan Chait: “Trump’s coy promise to take care of Stone is the latest step in a public communication between the two longtime partners.”