Bill Barr is nothing if not the compliant lap dog of Donald Trump. Trump went bonkers on Twitter at 2:00 a.m. about how awful the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone was and now a new one is in the works at the Department of Justice. Washington Post:
“That recommendation is not what had been briefed to the department,” the official said. “The department finds the recommendation extreme and excessive and disproportionate to Stone’s offenses. The department will clarify its position later today.”
The statement came hours after President Trump tweeted of the sentence prosecutors recommended, “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!” The senior Justice Department official, though, said the decision to revise prosecutors’ recommendation came before Trump’s tweet.
Stone is the eighth Trump crony to be tried for crimes. Most of them have walked away with less than six months prison time, with the exception of Paul Manafort, who is in for seven and a half years and Michael Cohen for three. Michael Flynn has not been sentenced yet. Stone’s daughter appeared on Fox News and begged Trump to pardon her father — maybe he will. He thinks he’s an invulnerable superman since the senate acquittal, and he feels empowered to do whatever he wants. And as long as Mitch McConnell can use the senate as a conveyor belt to send conservative judges to the bench, he’ll put up with anything from Trump.