Roger Stone Judge Will Issue 7-9 Year Sentence Because of DOJ Interference, Then Trump Will Pardon, Ex-U.S. Attorney Predicts

Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman said Wednesday on CNN that he believes the Department of Justice's recommendation of a shortened sentence for Roger Stone, the former adviser to President Donald Trump convicted of charges related to the Mueller probe into campaign meddling, would force the judge in the case to give Stone the maximum punishment allowable by law. After that, Litman said Trump would probably pardon Stone.

Stone was indicted for attempting to obtain stolen emails from WikiLeaks concerning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Prosecutors initially recommended a sentence of up to nine years for Stone, which President Trump called a "horrible and unfair situation" in a tweet.

After the DOJ called for a reduced sentence, the four federal prosecutors who recommended the original sentence withdrew themselves from the case.

Litman said he believed Judge Amy Berman Jackson would still give Stone the maximum time in prison, regardless of the DOJ's suggestion.

"At the least, if the sentence is reduced, it will make a pardon easier," Litman said. "On the other hand, whether it's reduced will all be with Judge Jackson who Trump did a broadside against today, accusing her of being corrupt. She is smart, she is tough. My best guess is she returns to the guideline sentence and that leaves it to [Trump] to do his own constitutional bidding under the pardon clause."

"You can't tell with a judge," Litman added, "but it's my best guess."

Litman also said he believes Stone's pardon could come "probably [in] December," which would be after the 2020 presidential elections.

Newsweek reached out to CNN for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Roger Stone could be handed 7-9 years in prison before being pardoned by President Donald Trump said former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman on CNN Wednesday. Win McNamee/Getty

Trump tweeted about Jackson, who also presided over the case of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, on Tuesday.

"Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure?" Trump tweeted. "How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking!"

Litman called the DOJ's announcement "cataclysmic" and "part of this president's reign of terror, post-impeachment."

"It's a big part that they completely bulldozed the prosecutors after they had made a recommendation which is never—I mean, never—done," Litman said. "No one has ever heard of it."

Trump thanked the DOJ from the Oval Office on Wednesday telling reporters, "They saw the horribleness of a nine-year sentence. You have murderers and drug addicts that don't get nine years. Nine years for doing something that no one can even define what he did."

Stone made false statements in his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee concerning the emails according to court documents filed by the DOJ in January 2019, allegations which Stone denied.

"I stand by my statement to the House Intelligence Committee and can prove it is truthful if need be," Stone told CNN in a 2018 written statement. "I have passed two polygraph tests administered and analyzed by two of the nation's leading experts to prove I have [been] truthful."