President Trump issued a series of tweets Tuesday morning making the case for complete dismissal of the entire Roger Stone case — and worked in an all-caps threat about potential lawsuits in the process.
Trump’s social media posts come amid chaos with the Stone case that started last week when the four federal prosecutors working to get Stone behind bars all walked away from the case after they were strongly rebuked by the Department of Justice for leveling an “exorbitant and unwarranted” sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years in prison. The overly punitive sentencing, Stone’s defenders argue, are particularly egregious because his charges are simply process crimes stemming from an investigation into a Robert Mueller-debunked theory that the Trump campaign was “colluding” with Russia.
After the Justice Department-rebuffed prosecutors walked off the case, new revelations about the identity and political affiliations of the jury foreperson has prompted Stone to demand a retrial, a request Judge Amy Berman Jackson, whom Trump has repeatedly criticized, is discussing Tuesday along with the Justice Department’s revised sentencing recommendations.
Trump began his argument for dismissing the case against his longtime associate by quoting Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano.
.....existence of these tweets in which you were so harshly negative about the President & the people who support him. Don’t you think we wanted to know that before we put you on this jury.’ Pretty obvious he should (get a new trial). I think almost any judge in the Country.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2020
These were Mueller prosecutors, and the whole Mueller investigation was illegally set up based on a phony and now fully discredited Fake Dossier, lying and forging documents to the FISA Court, and many other things. Everything having to do with this fraudulent investigation is...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2020
The judge has also come under fire for her handling of jurors including denying a request to strike a juror with blatant anti-Trump bias.
....BUT MAYBE I STILL WILL. WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2020