President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr may have wanted a soft sentence for Roger Stone, but before being sentenced Thursday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ripped stone to shreds for "indicting himself."
Berman Jackson began by saying that Stone not only lied to Congress, he then threatened violence if others didn't back up his story.
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ABJ dwelling on Stone's blatantly false testimony that he had *no* texts or emails with his intermediary re: Assang… https://t.co/BLMMJXYhB4— Andrew Prokop (@Andrew Prokop)1582217802.0
On Stone testifying to the House Intel Comm that he had no record of communications with his intermediary, Judge Ja… https://t.co/tabQ8LRtKr— Megan Mineiro (@Megan Mineiro)1582217946.0
She then hammered Stone on the fact that he outright lied about his conversations with Wikileaks.
Reading from his testimony to the committee claiming Credico was his WikiLeaks intermediary, she said, "This is not… https://t.co/aY4DsWurDf— Rachel Weiner (@Rachel Weiner)1582217820.0
Any request for leniency from those Stone threatened may be "nice" but they don't matter to the judge.
"I am not passing judgment on Roger Stone as a man; that falls to a higher authority," she said.
She explained that she's only passing judgment on Stone for the crimes for which he was found guilty.
It isn't about Stone's politics, she argued it was about Stone's cover-up.
Judge sums up case thusly: "He was not prosecuted for standing up for the president; he was prosecuted for covering up for the president."— Rachel Weiner (@Rachel Weiner)1582219254.0
She further dispelled any myths that Stone was somehow the victim of a political conspiracy against him or the president.
"There was nothing unfair, phony or disgraceful about the investigation or the prosecution," she said. "Witnesses d… https://t.co/31P52UNyCA— Rachel Weiner (@Rachel Weiner)1582219508.0
“The truth still exists. The truth still matters. Roger Stone’s insistence that it doesn’t” poses “a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the very foundation of our democracy,” she continued.
“The dismay and disgust at the defendant’s belligerence should transcend party," she added
On Stone's defense of “So what?" judge echoes prosecutors: "Of all the circumstances in this case, that may be the… https://t.co/2LwN6zrHAl— Rachel Weiner (@Rachel Weiner)1582219671.0