OK, who didn’t see this one coming? Absolutely nobody. The NY Times is reporting that the Justice Department will back off its sentencing recommendation for Roger J. Stone Jr.,
Stone, of course, is President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser and longtime friend, a senior department official said Tuesday, with senior department officials intervening to overrule front-line prosecutors who tried the case.
The Times story adds that the move is highly unusual and is certain to generate allegations of political interference. It came after federal prosecutors in Washington asked a judge late Monday evening to sentence Stone to seven to nine years in prison on seven felony convictions for trying to sabotage a congressional investigation that threatened President Trump. Early on Tuesday, Trump declared the sentencing recommendation “horrible and very unfair.”