Trump Attacks Federal Judge Overseeing Roger Stone’s Trial
President Donald Trump tweeted an attack on the federal judge overseeing Roger Stone’s trial on Tuesday night, implying that she harbors a broad political bias against Republicans, according to The Washington Post.
With the White House already taking heat for appearing to interfere in Stone’s sentencing recommendation — Stone has been a longtime friend and confidant of the president — Trump targeted U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a series of tweets.
“Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure?” Trump wrote, linking another tweet that named Jackson directly. “How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking!”
Trump previously tweeted in the early morning hours of Tuesday that Stone’s proposed sentence was unfair, writing that the recommended seven to nine years was “a miscarriage of justice!”
Just hours later, The Post noted, Justice Department officials signaled that the recommended sentence would be revised. The move “sparked widespread concern about the president undermining the traditional independence of the agency when it comes to individual prosecutions.”
But the DOJ insisted that it had not communicated with the president on the matter, and Trump also indicated he has “not been involved in it at all.”
In a later tweet, Trump suggested he is considering presidential pardons for both Stone and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, writing, “Prosecutorial Misconduct?” in response to a tweet calling for full pardons for both men.