Longtime Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone is headed to jail, a former federal prosecutor explained on MSNBC’s “The Beat” with Ari Melber on Thursday.
“News in the Roger Stone criminal case, federal prosecutors tonight say Stone has broken his gag order, allegedly again,” Melber reported.
“This judge has been somewhat resistant to put Stone in jail the way many other defendants are treated around the country. In fact, even after he posted a picture of the judge herself next to what many interpreted as crosshairs, she provided him a second chance,” he explained.
For analysis, Melber interviewed former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman — who deposed Stone during that political scandal involving a Republican president.
“There’s no question he violated it. I think this judge has given him enough rope so he can hang himself,” Akerman said.
He added, “I think he’s going to go to jail.”
“And he won’t go to Rikers Island, because he’s going to be in a federal prison, but you now will have both [Paul] Manafort and Stone in prison who are two extremely significant people in this entire Russian investigation that know the scope of what went on,” he explained.
Akerman noted both would have to reevaluate potential long prison sentences as they considered whether to cooperate with investigators.
“Do not pass go, go directly to jail,” he suggested.
GUILTY: Jury rules Michael Flynn’s former business partner is guilty of lobbying for Turkey
Michael Flynn's former business partner Bijan Kian was found guilty by a jury for illegally lobbying for a foreign country.
The information was uncovered as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and as the Justice Department's crackdown on illegal foreign lobbying, CNN explained.
Flynn has had a difficult go in his court case, but information Flynn gave was helpful, according to the DOJ.
Kian is an Iranian-American businessman who was charged with conspiring to hide his lobbying work for Turkey without registering as a foreign agent for the Turkish government.
“It’s as bad as it looks”: Pelosi under fire for debt ceiling deal that hands GOP power to kneecap progressive agenda
"It sets up a crisis of the first year of the next president's administration," said a former congressional staffer. "We're letting them light the fuse on another bomb and place it squarely in the middle of the next president's first year."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have helped temporarily avert a looming fiscal crisis on Tuesday by striking a budget deal with the Trump administration, but progressives warned the agreement hands Republicans power to kneecap the next president's agenda by suspending the debt ceiling until after the 2020 elections.
FLASHBACK: Mueller makes GOP lawmaker look like an absolute fool during 2013 hearing
While previewing former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming testimony before the House of Representatives, CNN on Tuesday played a clip from six years ago showing Mueller schooling Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who tried to corner the then-FBI director about his agency's work on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
During the hearing, Gohmert tried to get Mueller to explain why the FBI supposedly hadn't visited the mosque that was frequented by the Tsarnaev brothers, the two American citizens of Chechen descent who carried out the attack.
"Why did no one go to the mosque and say, who are these guys?" Gohmert asked. "Why was that not done?"