The show trial is over, and Roger Stone has been found guilty on all seven counts, as expected. The verdict, facilitated by the biased aid of Obama-appointed Judge Amy Berman Jackson, was a foregone conclusion. The flamboyant and self-proclaimed Republican “dirty trickster” demonstrated rare defiance to the partisan Russia witch hunt and seemed to dare Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his band of angry Democrats to throw down in a political fistfight.
The bold political strategist and President Nixon super-fan and got his wish when Team Mueller leaked the time and place of his arrest to CNN. They deployed more than two dozen FBI agents in full assault gear, automatic weapons, and even brought an armored vehicle to play to the cameras. The 67-year-old, semi-retired confidant of President Donald Trump opened his door during the pre-dawn raid wearing a robe and slippers. As the process enters the sentencing phase of the political charade, these are potential next steps.
How Harshly Will Roger Stone Be Sentenced?
Stone has been free on bail with restrictions on his ability to defend himself in the media. The show trial allowed card-carrying Democrat jurors to freely watch partisan attacks on fake news media outlets such as CNN, and troll social media. Stone, on the other hand, was placed under a gag order. One peep out of him online or a TV interview, and he went to prison.
That being said, prosecutors immediately asked that Stone be held in jail until sentencing. Judge Jackson appeared surprised, though her expressions may have been less than genuine. After all, prosecutors Aaron Zelinsky and Adam Jed were part of the Mueller witch hunt and likely have a vendetta against Stone.
“So, they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?” President Trump tweeted.
Having been found guilty on all counts of lying to Democrats in Congress, and online antics that included pseudo-death threats via Godfather movie quotes on Twitter, Stone faces a penalty of 20 years. Given he is 67, that would be a life sentence. Stone has no criminal record, and first-offenders generally receive lenient sentences. The biased Obama judge is unlikely to offer probation. Insiders anticipate he could do up to five years, minimum.
Will Trump Pardon Roger Stone?
The conventional wisdom is that President Trump is likely to issue pardons for those trapped by the partisan Russia hoax. The investigation was prompted by deep state Democrat operatives using a Hillary Campaign-funded, phony dossier to undermine the president and oust him after winning the 2016 election. Some in the media are already decrying the railroading of Roger Stone.
“It’s Roger Stone’s request that if he’s convicted you call the White House,” News Wars Alex Jones reportedly said. He also called upon his listeners to “encircle the White House with bullhorns demanding that President Trump take action.”
By all accounts, Stone was only targeted for his relationship with President Trump, which predates the 2016 election. Did he thumb his nose at Democrats and their impeachment lust? You betcha. Unlike disgraced former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Stone didn’t roll over and snitch. He manned up and deliberately made “materially false, fictions, and fraudulent statements” to thwart the left’s end game. Given the unethical nature of the attempted coup, Stone’s actions demonstrate loyalty. The conventional wisdom is that the president will issue pardons for Stone, Paul Manafort, and others after the 2020 ballots are counted, win or lose.
Will Roger Stone Spend A Single Day in Jail?
With the trial phase over, the Obama-appointed Judge Jackson reportedly scheduled a sentencing hearing for Feb. 6. If she hands him actual jail time, as expected, Stone’s lawyers are likely to petition the court for an appeal. In many cases, defendants remain free on bail until the appeals process has been completed. It’s highly likely that Stone’s lawyers will drag their feet and delay the process until after the 2020 election. Democrat prosecutors, for their part, will try to fast-track the process. If his attorneys are successful, Roger Stone may be raising his arms and making his Nixonian peace signs in victory.