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Four Prosecutors Quit Hours After Trump’s DOJ Tried To Lighten Prison Time For His Ally Roger Stone

All fours of the lead federal prosecutors in the case of Donald Trump’s ally Roger Stone resigned suddenly just hours after the Trump administration moved to lighten the already-light sentence they offered for Stone, who has been convicted of seven federal crimes. The political consultant and lobbyist faced a maximum of 50 years in prison for five counts of lying to Congress, one count of witness tampering, and one count of obstructing Congress.

Prosecutors were pursuing a maximum of just nine years for Stone, which was already pretty lenient considering what he did and how many times he demonstrated contempt for the law. In a move that left many shocked and outraged, Trump’s Department of Justice intervened in the case in order to request an even lighter sentence for the felon.

The intervention came soon after a burst of tweets from Trump calling the nine-year maximum sentence “very unfair” and “a miscarriage of justice.” The Justice Department’s revised recommendation does specify exactly how lenient a sentence they want for Stone, only saying that it should be “far less”  and urges Judge Amy Berman Jackson to consider the lobbyist’s “advanced age, health, personal circumstances, and lack of criminal history.”

Aaron Zelinsky, formerly a part of Robert Mueller’s special counsel, was the first to resign from the case. The next, Jonathan Kravis, resigned both from the case and from the Justice Department altogether. Adam Jed and Michael Marando resigned from the case only soon after.

Democratic leadership is not happy, with some demanding yet another investigation be opened into the president’s conduct.

“The president seems to think the entire Justice Department is just his personal lawsuit to prosecute his enemies and help his friends. Rule of law in this grand tradition in this wonderful Justice Department is just being totally perverted to Donald Trump’s own personal desires and needs and it’s a disgrace,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters. “Roger Stone should get the full amount of time the prosecutors recommended and we’re going to do some oversight of that.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., also promised the panel would investigate.

Meanwhile, a MoveOn.org petition published on Tuesday demanding an investigation into the Justice Department’s intervention in Stone’s case has already reached over 100,000 signatures. The petition accuses the department of “putting Donald Trump’s friends above the law.”

Former DOJ officials are tweeted their outrage with the move, with some treating it as an emergency for the country.

Even Republican lawmakers have signaled discomfort at Trump’s intervention in the Stone case, including Senator Lindsey Graham.

“I don’t think he should be commenting on cases in the system,” Graham said to reporters. “I don’t think that’s appropriate.”

“I think the president would be better served by never commenting on a pending federal investigation,” said Senator Susan Collins. “I said that back when the Mueller investigation was going on, and it’s certainly the case when you’re at a sentencing stage.”