February 16, 2020

The Swamp Still Stinks

Timothy Birdnow

Double standard at the DOJ - and the Swamp stinks again!

From Canada Free Press:

The foreman of the jury that convicted Stone was Tomeka Hart, who revealed herself this week with public statements about the case. Hart is a former Democratic Party congressional candidate who made online comments that were critical of both Stone and President Donald Trump. She tweeted about Trump with the hashtag "klanpresident,” shouted "shame, shame shame” outside one of his hotels during a protest and referred to Stone and other supporters of the President as "racists and Putin cronies,” according to George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley. In his view, there is a "serious question as to whether the conviction itself” of Roger Stone "should be reevaluated.”

It was also discovered that another juror was married to an official of the Department of Justice (DOJ) who worked in a division that spearheaded the Stone arrest, while another juror, Seth Cousins, had made donations to Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic Party candidate for President, along with other left wing organizations. With such incredible bias on the jury, Stone had no chance of receiving a fair trial. It is no surprise that his attorneys have asked for a new trial in a secret court filing according to Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller.

The DOJ initially recommended that Stone receive a jail sentence of between seven and nine years in prison. These guidelines were blasted by President Donald Trump who called them "a disgrace.” Of course, convicting Stone was part of the discredited Mueller investigation. Stone was never involved in Russian collusion and had no conversations with Wikileaks.

As President Trump noted, Stone was being prosecuted for "something nobody can even define.” He lied about conversations with a liberal talk show host, supposedly threatened his dog and engaged in other peripheral activities that had no bearing on the original purpose of the Mueller investigation.

Fortunately, United States Attorney General Bill Barr revised the sentencing guidelines to a more reasonable length of between three and four years. Nevertheless, the fact that Stone is being prosecuted is an outrage. He is also under a gag order by the judge, denying him his First Amendment rights of free speech.

 

In contrast to the harsh treatment received by Stone and other Trump associates like Lt. General Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, the denizens of the deep state never receive any consequences for their behavior.

For example, former Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, no longer must worry about being prosecuted. On Friday, a questionable decision was made not to issue any charges and drop the investigation into McCabe, who was the subject of a criminal referral by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

This decision was made even though Horowitz identified multiple instances of McCabe lying about leaking information to the Wall Street Journal. According to Horowitz, McCabe disclosed "the existence of an ongoing investigation,” which violated both FBI and DOJ policy.

So even now there are two sets of rules, and that from Donald Trump's own Justice Department.

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