A third prosecutor who recommended longtime President Donald Trump associate and GOP operative Roger Stone be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison quit their role and left the case on Tuesday in response to the Justice Department shortening the sentencing after President Trump complained.
In a one-sentence filing to the U.S. District Court, prosecutor Timothy J. Shea withdrew from the case.
Shea followed two other prosecutors on the case, lawyer Jonathan Kravis and prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky.
— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) February 11, 2020
The three were involved in providing the initial sentencing guidance for Stone.
Late Monday night, the U.S. Attorney’s Office told the judge in a filing that Stone should get a prison term of seven to nine years when he is sentenced Feb. 20 for crimes related to lying to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election and his efforts to get an associate, comedian Randy Credico, to cover for his lies.
But DOJ officials objected to the recommended prison term for Stone shortly after it became public and now plan to recommend a lower sentence later Tuesday in court.
Trump early Tuesday morning blasted the original recommended sentence for Stone, calling it “disgraceful” and also tweeting that “this is a horrible and very unfair situation.”
This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020