…from Press TV, Tehran
Roger Stone, President Donald Trump’s longtime friend and political adviser, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison over charges stemming from investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
Stone is the sixth Trump aide convicted in a criminal case as part of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
The penalty from US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson came on Thursday over charges that include witness tampering, false statements, and obstruction of justice.
Jackson also ruled that Stone, 67, pay a $20,000 fine, serve two years of probation after his sentence, and perform 250 hours of community service.
“The defendant lied about a matter of great national and international significance. This is not campaign hijinks. This is not just Roger being Roger,” said Jackson.
Stone “was not prosecuted for standing up for the president; he was prosecuted for covering up for the president,” she added.
She also rejected Trump’s attacks on federal prosecutors for bringing the case against Stone, saying that “there was nothing unfair, phony, or disgraceful about the investigation or the prosecution.”
The federal prosecutors in Stone’s case originally recommended a sentence of seven to nine years based on federal sentencing guidelines. Trump had previously called the initial recommendation “horrible” and “unfair.”
After the ruling, the president said he would be monitoring Stone’s case closely, suggesting he may pardon his ally.
“We will watch the process and watch it very closely. And at some point I will make a determination. But Roger Stone and everybody has to be treated fairly. And this has not been a fair process.”
“I’d love to see Roger exonerated, and I’d love to see it happen,” he said at an event in Las Vegas.
Stone lied in 2017 testimony to lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee — which Adam Schiff leads — about acting as an intermediary between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, which released hacked documents that embarrassed Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during the campaign.
The longtime GOP operative was convicted in November on seven counts of lying to Congress and tampering with a witness about his efforts to learn about hacked documents.