Opinion: Stone’s special treatment revealed

Today’s statement by Assistant United States Attorney Aaron S. J. Zelinsky to the House Judiciary Committee was very telling. This was a powerful statement and a needed one. Not that its shocking that an associate of the President would get special treatment. Especially, when we are discussing the hack, the lackey and buddy of the President, Roger Stone. We saw how it went down in Court, but now one of the men writing the sentencing memo. Aaron explains how it happened and he exposed what they did to change the memo.

The President and team is busy obstructing justice, ensuring safe-guard to their men and stopping prosecution of people associated with the President. As that is happening, there are on-going investigations. The House of Representatives are looking into the lenient treatment of Trump associate, campaign aide and Nixonian relic Stone.

What was striking in the statement today was this: “What I heard – repeatedly – was that Roger Stone was being treated differently from any other defendant because of his relationship to the President” (Zelinsky, 23.06.2020).

That says everything, that if your associated or a buddy of the President then you have an advantage. You can break the law, you can do things that are illegal, but you deserve better treatment, because of your association. That is direct corrupt behaviour, not equal justice under the law, but dependent on the relations you have to the Head of State. That is worthy of a Banana Republic, of a tin-pot dictator and well-equipped tyrant.

Zelinsky continued: “I was also told that the acting U.S. Attorney was giving Stone such unprecedentedly favorable treatment because he was “afraid of the President.” (Zelinsky, 23.06.2020). A civil servant, an attorney should work independent from the President, as the attorney should work in accordance with the law and the legal precedence within any given case. It shouldn’t be on merit of the person involved nor the relations the accused has with the head of state. That is just absurd. However, that is how the United States has sunk during the Trump Presidency.

What really proves the outrageous behaviour of the Trump Presidency pressure on the Stone case is this, as the Attorneys first made a memo for sentencing and later someone revised to be favourably to the crony of the President. Just take a look:

Next, the government calculated that Stone received three (3) additional levels because he successfully blocked HPSCI from ever learning about Corsi, his messages and Stone’s many contacts with the Trump Campaign. Stone received an additional two (2) levels for lying to the judge under oath regarding the photo of her with the crosshairs. Two (2) more levels were added because Stone’s efforts to obstruct were extensive in scope. And eight (8) levels were added because Stone threatened to cause physical injury or property damage in order to obstruct justice – the threats to harm Credico. Taken together, these enhancements resulted in a total offense level of 29 points. Since Stone was a first time offender, this corresponded to a Guidelines range of 87-108 months” (Zelinsky, 23.06.2020).

That evening, the Department filed a new memorandum seeking a substantially lower sentence for Stone. No line AUSA signed the filing—which is also something that is virtually unprecedented. The new filing stated that the first memo did not “accurately reflect” the views of the Department of Justice. This new memo muddled the analysis of the appropriate Guidelines range in ways that were contrary to the record and in conflict with Department policy” (Zelinsky, 23.06.2020).

We can see here how things goes and how it benefited the cronies. How it simply rigged the sentencing memo and changed the amount of time for the same crime. They did this deliberately and with full knowledge of why they did it. It was all to serve a man of the President and give him less of time. Even with the DoJ and the AUSA had given a specific amount of time for the acts conducted by Stone.

This proves to what extent the President goes to shield his men and allies. When he does this to Stone and in such a public display. What does he do behind closed doors and in secret? That is what is worrying, as he has had over three years in office and continues to obstruct justice without any consideration with the rule of law. The only thing that matters is himself and his allies. The rest can suffer. Peace.

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