Former Trump associate Roger Stone faces serious prison time after prosecutors recommended 7 to 9 years for his sentence.
Stone was found guilty on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress, stemming from the Mueller investigation.
Federal Judge Amy Jackson, an Obama appointee, will decide how much time Stone spends behind bars during his sentencing on Feb. 20.
President Trump has floated the idea of pardoning Stone before, but as yet, there’s no indication whether a pardon is a real possibility.
Stone has a complicated legacy. His history of playing fast and loose with the truth and the law has been a millstone around the Trump presidency’s neck, and much like other unsavory characters like Paul Manafort and Lev Parnas, Stone has always been more about himself than the conservative movement.
But at the same time, Trump supporters should be excused for looking at the Stone prosecution with cynicism. Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, and Tony Podesta are still at large. It’s worth asking: are Republicans the only ones who are punished by our legal system?