Resignations follow plans to reduce Trump associate's recommended sentence
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KYMA, KECY) - All four prosecutors on Roger Stone's criminal case resigned Tuesday after learning the Department of Justice (DOJ) planned to reduce his recommended sentence.
The Justice Department originally recommended the longtime Trump associate serve between seven and nine-years in prison on charges of obstructing Congress, lying under oath, and witness tampering. That changed after the President complained about the sentence on Twitter.
This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
In a statement to NBC News, a DOJ spokesperson wrote: " “The department finds the recommendation extreme and excessive and will clarify its position later today,"
Lead prosecutor Aaron Zelinksy withdrew from the case as soon as he learned about the reduced sentence. He's not leaving the Justice Department, but Zelinsky is leaving Washington to return to his old job with the U.S. Attorney's office in Maryland.
Another prosecutor, Jonathan Kravis, resigned from both the case and his job. Prosecutors Adam Jed and Mike Mirando also filed a motion to withdraw from the case. No word on if Jed and Mirando plan to leave DOJ.
Stone was the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of the Mueller Investigation. A federal judge also reduced the sentence of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.