Roger Stone is a hated man. It comes with his line of work, and he wears it as a badge of honor — or perhaps, competence. For decades, Stone has stayed a step ahead of the dirty tricksters on the other side of the political aisle. He’s the guy you call when you’re in a streetfight and in need of brass knuckles, be it for a scrappy recount in Florida or a rumor-spreading operation about Rafael Cruz and the JFK assassination. No one in the GOP condones Mr. Stone’s tactics. But boy, do we appreciate them.
Unfortunately, Stone’s well-earned reputation as a GOP black ops veteran who knows how to operate in the shadows has produced more than just backroom story hours with young activists at CPAC. In the midst of the most partisan investigation in U.S. history—one in which our government did all in its power to manufacture a reality to match its Russia narrative— Stone’s slippery image made him a big, shiny target for a group of desperate prosecutors who desperately needed a big, shiny target.
And that’s what brings us to now.
During the 2016 campaign, Stone and his mystical aura found a home in its natural habitat, online outlet Infowars. Throughout the campaign, Stone provided a steady stream of teases, innuendo and implications about what he knew, what was to come and what it would all mean in the eternal battle versus the globalist elite. Many, if not most, of his proclamations fell flat, to include an alleged secret NWO plot to install Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention. (As it turns out, all it took to defeat the NWO was threatening to post a couple delegates’ hotel room numbers.)
Among his spookiest storylines dealt with WikiLeaks, the hacking publisher who provided a steady stream of their own, all of it genuine info stolen from Democrat computers. Stone seized on the operation and, as he’s done for the last 50 years, put himself squarely in the middle of it, even though he had no actual connections to the operation itself. It was great for clicks and reeling in subscribers, entertaining if not educational.
As one might guess, Stone’s claims of foreknowledge relating to WikiLeaks drops got the attention of the Mueller Special Counsel office, who was determined to prosecute, destroy and bankrupt anyone and everyone in the Trump orbit.
This zealous pursuit of the mythical link between Trump and Russian intelligence led the FBI to Stone’s Florida home last January. To see the arrest, one would think Stone was a seasoned Special Forces vet, armed to the teeth and looking to engage law enforcement.
However, the indictment does not show that Stone or anyone from the Trump campaign colluded or conspired with Russia on hacking, stealing, or releasing emails. Indeed, the documents did not outline any substantive link between the Trump campaign and Russia, via Stone or otherwise. The indictment also did not show that Stone or anyone from the Trump campaign ever had direct communications with WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange.
As Stone’s lawyer explained in a statement that day:
“At various times, Stone claimed to have foreknowledge — a hint that something big was up — but the indictment suggests that he did not, in fact, know what WikiLeaks was going to do.”
But despite a hostile FBI with an unlimited budget failing to find the goods, former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went on CNN to proclaim that the indictment “clearly” showed a “connection, coordination, synchronization, whatever you want to call it,” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
This statement, which is the equivalent of saying, “The evidence isn’t there but he sure does look fishy,” was nakedly political and provides a glimpse into how badly the Deep State needed to put meat on the bones of their narrative.
In reality, all the crimes charged to Stone were allegedly committed during the course of the investigation itself, aka process crimes.
Stone was convicted of one count of obstructing an official proceeding, five counts of making false statements to Congress, and one count of witness tampering.
Prosecutors alleged that Stone tried to obstruct the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election by lying to the committee about his efforts to contact WikiLeaks, and by encouraging another witness to lie for him.
The trial featured testimony from two other former top Trump campaign aides — Steve Bannon and Rick Gates. Both said that Stone repeatedly suggested he had inside information on WikiLeaks’s plans to release material that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton.
The government alleged that when the House Intelligence Committee asked him to testify in their Russia investigation in 2017, Stone concocted a false cover story to hide whatever actually happened.
Specifically, Stone omitted Jerome Corsi from the story, and claimed all of his information about WikiLeaks came from comedian and radio host Randy Credico. But, as prosecutors argued and Credico himself testified, that didn’t make sense with the timeline. Credico did get in touch with WikiLeaks to do a radio interview with Assange, but that wasn’t until late August 2016 — months after Stone started claiming to know about WikiLeaks, and weeks after his emails with Corsi.
Stone was also charged with falsely telling Congress he had no emails or texts discussing WikiLeaks; with falsely saying he never asked for any requests to be communicated to Assange; and with falsely saying he never discussed his conversations with his WikiLeaks intermediary with anyone in Trump’s campaign (Bannon and Gates said he did talk WikiLeaks with them).
Bannon and Gates threw Stone under the bus, let there be no doubt. But the things he was thrown under the bus for are rather commonplace in DC, specifically as it relates to lying to Congress. The aforementioned James Clapper, for example, lied to Congress’s face about a mass NSA surveillance program.
Yet there were no pre-dawn raids on the Clapper home, no rifles pointed at his family, no bankrupting of his estate for his lack of candor; lies that affected every American with a cell phone connection.
This is the double standard that Stone and his allies rightly decry, and that’s what brings us to our next controversy: the sentencing.
Last Remnants of the Witch Hunt:
I suppose it’s only logical that the case that has been disproportionately prosecuted, politically motivated and nakedly vicious from the start should end that way. Just as the FBI’s two-tiered approach to justice was on full display in last January’s absurd pre-dawn raid, the Justice Department followed suit with outrageously abusive treatment of their own, seeking to sentence Stone to possible death in prison over process crimes.
For those process crimes, prosecutors recommended Stone receive between 87 and 108 months in prison. The sentence should have been clearly disproportionate to anyone with experience prosecuting such crimes, to the extent they’re even prosecuted.
And that may explain why, according to a new report, those prosecutors may have lied to the DOJ about their lengthy prison sentence recommendation.
According to the Fox News report, DOJ was blindsided by the formal recommendation, which is par for the course considering the recommendations came from the glorified political operatives who worked under the Clinton-staffed Special Counsel’s Office for Bob Mueller. Fox cites a source who told them that the sentence recommendation was “extreme, excessive, and grossly disproportionate” to Stone’s crimes.
The Federalist released a report of its own regarding one Timothy Shea, who was somewhat new to the party, saying he was pressured to join the campaign against Stone:
Sources told The Federalist that Timothy Shea, who was recently appointed to take over as the top federal prosecutor in D.C. earlier this month, was bullied into agreeing to the sentence recommendation by Adam Jed and Aaron Zelinsky, who were originally tapped by Mueller to investigate whether Donald Trump treasonously colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. A full investigative report released by Mueller last year revealed that the Mueller investigation found zero evidence for any of the claims of collusion between Trump and the Russians. According to a separate report on serial abuses committed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) during its investigation of Trump, the DOJ inspector general found that the government knew long before Mueller was even appointed that there was no evidence of any collusion.
Shea’s acquiescence to the demand by the disgruntled former Mueller operatives raised questions about whether Shea was operationally in control of the D.C. prosecutor’s office, or whether he had effectively outsourced major decisions in high-profile cases to Mueller’s former deputies.
Zelinsky and Zed, the Mueller operatives who appear to be the drivers of this operation, apparently attempted to justify their outrageous sentence recommendation by claiming aggravating circumstances, specifically that Stone had threatened trial witness Randy Credico. In their sentencing memo, Zelinsky and Zed claimed that alleged threats made by Stone against former associate Randy Credico necessitated the lengthy prison sentence.
Credico, however, told the court that he never felt threatened by Stone, whom he characterized as “[a]ll bark and no bite[.]”
“I never in any way felt that Stone himself posed a direct physical threat to me,” Credico said.
The true absurdity of this entire saga is that Credico understood Stone to be what the entire federal government seemingly couldn’t: a showman to be taken with a grain of salt. This entire case was built on the grand proclamations of Stone on Twitter and elsewhere, yet anyone with a semblance of a discerning eye knew not to take him seriously. Still, despite having the powers of investigation to prove conclusively that Stone was heavy on promotion and light on substance, they treated Stone as a serious threat all the way up to the end.
And this habit of abrupt reversal of sentencing recommendations apparently isn’t limited to Stone. As reported by The Federalist:
In January, the prosecutors overseeing the case against former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn also abruptly changed their sentencing recommendation for him from parole potential time in prison. That sentencing recommendation was filed just one day after former D.C. U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu was nominated by Trump for a position outside DOJ. The name of Brandon Van Grack, the former Mueller prosecutor who wrote that particular sentencing memorandum, was conspicuously missing from the most recent government filings in the Flynn case, raising questions about whether he was still allowed to work on the case. Flynn is currently in the process of trying to withdraw his guilty plea of lying to the FBI.
Since having this conduct called out by the president and others, those behind these outrageous recommendations—nearly all of them Democrat donors—have decided to take the faux martyr route in order to get one last bad news cycle for the president on their way out the door.
Aaron Zelinsky, the former Mueller operative behind the grossly disproportionate sentencing recommendation against Stone, filed notice in federal court yesterday afternoon that he was withdrawing from the Stone case and resigning from the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s office effective immediately. Aaron Zed, another disgruntled former Mueller operative, also resigned on Tuesday, as did Jonathan Kravis, an assistant prosecutor in the D.C. office. Michael Marando, the fourth and final prosecutor involved in the Stone sentencing scheme, withdrew as counsel on the case early Tuesday evening but did not resign.
The media was all too happy to oblige them, of course, portraying them as the victims of a lawless president. In reality, as has been the case since January 2017, the opposite is true. The true perversion of the law is taking place within the circles of those who have thrown caution to the wind in their mission to take down a president they see as fair game for any dirty tactic they can muster. Had we a real press, their deeds would be well known to Americans of all stripes, as their scorched earth mission of the past three years has been nothing short of seditious, while also sowing division that will take years to heal, if ever.
Thankfully, we now have an Attorney General who acts based upon what is right, regardless of the media narrative he knows will be spawned as a result. AG Barr has intervened to lower the sentencing to what anyone else in his position would likely face, or at least should face, assuming they’re not a Democrat.
Unfortunately, the sentencing will still be the decision of one Judge Amy Berman Jackson, whose rule over the Stone trial has itself been a partisan outrage. Yet, despite an unconstitutional gag order placed on Stone by Jackson, along with a clearly biased jury selection process in which government bureaucrats with rabid political biases were allowed to sit in judgement of a man they despised, a request for a new trial has been denied — by Jackson, of course.
Roger Stone is not a perfect man, nor is he completely innocent. What he was above all, however, was a man targeted based on who he knew rather than what he did. Had Stone been an advisor for Hillary Clinton, he would have gotten away with far more than process crimes, as we’ve seen repeatedly under Washington’s system of “justice.”
As with everyone else arrested, imprisoned, bankrupted and destroyed during the first years of the Trump presidency, justice was never the goal of the so-called Justice Department. Rather, he was a tool to be used, one that would maybe break under pressure and deliver the words the government wanted to hear; that the president was indeed a Russian asset, a man who stole the presidency from the rightful hands of Hillary Clinton and the Swamp she represents.
Roger Stone was/is a juicy target, an easy whipping boy for a corrupt DOJ who would do anything to remove the existential threat at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. And when he refused to break and give them what they wanted, he was to become an example. Just as with Paul Manafort, who was placed in solitary confinement for the sole purpose of forcing testimony against the president, Stone’s refusal to play the game opened him up to politically-motivated punishment that should never exist in the United States of America.
The Swamp/Media complex may craft whatever narrative suits them around the Trump administration’s intervention into the case of Roger Stone, but the truth is, he should never have been in court. Whatever Stone’s sins, there was no evidence of his guilt in the Russia collusion narrative perpetrated against the president and the country he represents.
Stone was to be just the latest Trump associate made an example of, a defeated man to display to all those who dare help to elect outsiders in the future. But now, the tables have turned. The president has survived the Mueller probe, impeachment and every other heavy artillery gun pointed in his direction. He has more political capital than ever and, with it, the willingness to shut down in broad daylight any new corrupt scheme to emerge.
The legacy media and their partners in DC are screaming bloody murder right now and for good reason. The dynamics have changed and the president isn’t taking it anymore. The helpless feeling that permeates the beltway in the face of his righteous anger is karmic justice for the black cloud that was manufactured over this duly elected president from the day he assumed office.
And with any help from Bill Barr, John Durham and the Good Lord Above, it won’t be the only justice doled out over the next few months. By all indications, the Swamp may want to pace itself in its faux outrage, because they’ll have reason for the real thing soon enough.
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