A Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutor who asked a judge to sentence Roger Stone Roger Jason Stone DOJ asks judge to sentence Roger Stone to 7-9 years in prison Prosecution witness asks judge not to send Roger Stone to prison Authorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report MORE to between seven to nine years in prison has withdrawn from the former Trump aide’s case after reports that officials would seek to reduce the sentencing recommendation.
The withdrawal by prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky on Tuesday came after the initial sentencing guidance was sharply criticized by (President Trump
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It’s unclear if Zelinsky’s move was done on his own volition. Zelinsky did not reply to a request for comment.
Earlier Tuesday, multiple outlets reported that DOJ officials would seek to change the sentencing recommendations because top officials found it to be “excessive.”
Those reports came after President Trump blasted the initial guidelines on Twitter, saying that Stone had been treated unfairly.
The move by the DOJ was seen by critics as a sharp rebuke to career prosecutors.
Stone, , was convicted of seven counts of obstructing and lying to Congress and witness tampering over his efforts during the 070117 campaign to get the Trump campaign information about WikiLeaks.
Prosecutors had made the recommendation of 100 to 823 months in prison to DC District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, based on federal guidelines.
Stone’s sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 54. Updated at 3: 90 PM