Prosecutor in Roger Stone Case Says He Was Treated ‘Differently’ Because of His Connection to Trump

One of the four prosecutors who withdrew from the Roger Stone prosecution will tell Congress that prosecutors were pressured to give Stone “favorable treatment” because of his connection to President Donald Trump.

According to prepared testimony, Aaron Zelinsky — who withdrew from the Stone case — plans to tell Congress, “What I saw was the Department of Justice exerting significant pressure on the line prosecutors in the case to obscure the correct Sentencing Guidelines calculation to which Roger Stone was subject – and to water down and in some cases outright distort the events that transpired in his trial and the criminal conduct that gave rise to his conviction.”

He continued:

“What I heard – repeatedly – was that Roger Stone was being treated differently from any other defendant because of his relationship to the President. I was told that the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Timothy Shea, was receiving heavy pressure from the highest levels of the Department of Justice to cut Stone a break, and that the U.S. Attorney’s sentencing instructions to us were based on political considerations.”

“I was also told that the acting U.S. Attorney was giving Stone such unprecedentedly favorable treatment because he was ‘afraid of the President,'” he added.

He continued to provide an overview of Stones’ charges and the reasoning for the original sentencing recommendation. Additionally, he says Justice Department officials did not listen to the prosecutors’ concerns about withdrawing the initial sentencing recommendation. 

Prosecutors originally recommended that Stone receive seven to nine years in prison for charges of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering.

But after Trump decried the recommendation as “a horrible and unfair situation” the Justice Department recommended a lighter sentence, as IJR reported

The decision to recommend a lighter sentence sparked allegations that the move was politically motivated to help an ally of Trump, as IJR reported. The House Judiciary Committee also sought information about alleged political interference in the case.

However, Attorney General William Barr has denied that the decision to recommend a shorter sentence was politically motivated. Barr also said he had decided to rescind the sentencing recommendation before Trump’s tweet.

Instead, the Justice Department said the original recommendation was “excessive and unwarranted.”

Zelinsky added, “My concern is not with this sentencing outcome” but instead it is about the “process and the fact that the Department of Justice treated Roger Stone differently and more leniently in ways that are virtually, if not entirely, unprecedented.”

Zelinsky is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. 

Responses

  1. What a shock, a friend of the President was treated differently, more favorably than Joe Zhlub on the street. Such hypocritical indignation is what America is all about especially by the Trump haters, Influence doesnt matter??? Who the hell are you kidding jerkoffs. Friends or foes of all the past presidents I can think of were treated differently then Joe Zhlub. Hillary Clinton, Mark Rich favorable, Michael Cohen, unfavorable because he was Trumper initially. So boohoo the prosecutor of Stone is unhappy, tough nuggies Jackoff!!!!

  2. “That which has been in the cover of

    night will be brought into the full light of day. “

      1. Seriously Harry !?!

        trumpuke sucks so very badly that you

        Caucasian n*gger trash trumphuhkers have

        nothing to brag about.

        So you drag Mr Obama and of course Mrs. Ciinton,

        no deflection or projection by you phuhking assholes

        would be complete without her, back from the dead.

        You are some sorry ass muthurfuhkers for sure.

        1. You just love your lying, racist, America haters like obutticus and klinton, don’t you johnny the asshole. I am sure you would be happier in north korea.

    1. Yea johnny the asshole. What you and your communist/fascist imbeciles have been trying to do to America will be brought to the light of day and there will be many of you spending time in prison and some of you that have committed treason should be put before a military firing squad.

      1. Oh My my nails are a sight !

        Yyyyyaaaaawwwwnnnnnn.

        Where’s my emery board ?

  3. What is remarkable is that in spite of that pressure, the exact opposite happened. Stone was treated far worse than anyone else, because of his connection to the president. It was in furtherance of the CIA/FBI & DOD-ONI. They needed the media to have a constant Russia Russia Russia drumbeat. Even if the convictions were absurd and unrelated to Russia, they needed scalps at any cost. The stories about the feds going after his children would have stopped a lesser man than Trump. If Romney were prez, he would have caved under that intense pressure. The media worked hand-in-glove with the intelligence communities in a soft coup. We should all be grateful it did not succeed.

    Unrelated: The new media drumbeat of racism, police brutality, white supremacy is not designed to foster positive change, but is instead the monetization of hated. Pitting citizen against citizen. Making people think things that are simply not true. They truly are the enemy of the people.

    1. The media and the democrat/communist/fascist party are true enemies of America and need to be removed from America.

      1. Paul boy, what have the Clinton’s been found guilty of? Stone was found guilty by a court of law and convicted by his peers.

      2. Bobby boy….it sounds like you don’t know the definition of fascism. Granted, you know it’s a ‘bad’ word so you just throw it around without knowing what it means

  4. Where is Perry Mason? Where is equal justice? When a sitting president makes a statement on a court case, this is out of bounds. Next, the defendant is a friend of the president! The comments I have read in this thread are abundantly politically polarized… As is the “Justice” in this case.
    I say, “Make lying wrong again”,

      1. Michael :

        Only a TRAITOR ASSHOLE, like you

        would call someone, Greg in this case, a moron

        for wanting to make lying wrong again

  5. “I was also told that the acting U.S. Attorney was giving Stone such unprecedentedly favorable treatment because he was ‘afraid of the President,’” he added….so the do0g and pony show by the FBI and CNN was preferential treatment?

    That Prosecutor must be a moron.

  6. First of all, I fail to comprehend how “line prosecutors” withdraw from a case. Private attorneys can request to be relieved as counsel in a case if they run into certain situations such as a conflict of interest. Their “withdrawal” requires the court’s permission. Of course, if a private attorney works for a firm, he/she cannot just walk out on a case without their employer’s approval. So how do attorneys who work for the government just walk away from a case, keep their jobs and complain they were pressured? Additionally, there were reports that these prosecutors purposely mislead the Justice Department as to the position they intended to present to the court at sentencing. I read that they told the DOJ they would be requesting a lighter sentence and but then they asked the court for a harsher sentence. Again, if that’s true, I do not understand how they kept their jobs. In a better world, I would expect to be able to read more about this and make a real search for the truth. Unfortunately, with the information controlled by dishonest people with an agenda, the truth can be elusive. Conceivably, these prosecutors could have created the problem, falsely claimed to be victims and played the tune the MSM likes to hear. I never worked for anyone who would let me decline an assignment and keep my job so I have real doubts about their story.

  7. Also given the facts that the previous administrations absolute letting Hillary and Company off completely with a sham investigation and the sham of the Russian collusion, targeting of Trumps associates, Clinton Foundation pay to play deals, and the list goes on. The fact that Roger Stone was called in to testify in an illegal investigation where he allegedly, (who knows) lied shows the over blown response from prosecutors. If the prosecutor that is quoted was part of a watered down prosecution then he is as guilty as rest. Why come out about it now? Why not then? And yes, why the invasion of law enforcement with CNN handy to report it on two elderly people and their dog. WTF.

  8. I suspect that he was treated quite differently, especially when he was “captured” and “apprehended”, while asleep with his family, by a cadre of heavily armed federal agents at 5a.m….a type of arrest generally reserved for cartel drug dealers and other dangerous criminals.

    1. The fact that CNN was called to video it tells you what you need to know. It was all about the optics of pushing the Russia Conspiracy Theory. Sadly it worked perfectly. Half the nation still thinks Russia and Trump colluded. They are brainwashed and need cult deprogramming.

    2. Winslow baby, quite a dramatized description you wrote there. Sounds like they went in with machine guns blazing…lol. The real motive for the early morning surprise attack was to insure Stone didn’t have a chance to destroy or delete evidence.

      1. You are a moron centrist. That was politically motivated raid. They had it all set up with cnn to capture it on film for political purposes. Yes they went in with weapons loaded and some of them were automatic. Try another lie as that is all you have.

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