As Democrats continue to put President Trump and his associates under the microscope, looking for any wrongdoing, the president took to Twitter to deliver a blistering rebuke of their methods.
The president’s tweet concerned former Trump confidant Roger Stone, who was found guilty on seven counts of making false statements to investigators, obstruction, and witness tampering.
“So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come,” Trump tweeted before shifting his focus to his own political rivals. “Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?”
“A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?” Trump added in the tweet.
So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
NBC News reports a jury read the 67-year-old’s verdict on Friday which includes a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
From the report:
Stone was arrested in January in an early morning FBI raid and charged with misleading the House Intelligence Committee in 2017 about his efforts to find out when WikiLeaks would be releasing emails hacked from the Democratic Party and Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The prosecution rested its case on Tuesday with the testimony of former FBI agent Michelle Taylor. She was recalled to testify about Stone’s testimony to the Intelligence Committee, specifically when he told the panel about his thoughts on the potential connection between Guccifer 2.0 and the Russian government.
The trial also featured various former Trump aides, including ex-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and onetime Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, who struck a plea deal with Mueller.
Schiff is LYING
They should all go to jail.
— Bradley Scott 🙏🇺🇸 (@Hoosiers1986) November 15, 2019
According to the report, despite the guilty verdict, it is unlikely that Stone will receive a sentence even near the 20-year maximum.
Former U.S. attorney and NBC/MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Vance commented: “The guidelines are significantly lower than the statutory maximum. For example, the witness intimidation crime is a 20-year statutory maximum. Sentences for white-collar crimes are typically very short, especially someone convicted of a first offense.”
“People convicted of white-collar crimes could easily end up with zero to six months. They typically serve their sentences in minimum-security facilities. But this is Roger Stone so we don’t know exactly what will happen,” she added.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.