Donald Trump accused of interfering in the judicial processing of his friend Roger Stone

Roger Stone on the second day of his trial, November 6, 2019, in Washington.
Roger Stone on the second day of his trial, November 6, 2019, in Washington. CLIFF OWEN / AP

On the eve of the Senate Republican majority's acquittal of Donald Trump for the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, on February 5, Maine Senator Susan Collins justified her vote in her favor by saying that the President of the United States had "Learned lessons" consequences of his behavior. He was accused of having conditioned an invitation to the White House of the President of Ukraine as well as military aid to Kiev for the opening of investigations targeting his political adversaries.

This wishful thinking was swept by Donald Trump a week later, Wednesday, February 12. When asked what lessons he had learned from his indictment, he replied that the Democrats were "Corrupted" and "Vicious", and that his polls were "Up ten points".

The day before, he was outraged on his Twitter account, in the middle of the night, of the heavy sentences recommended by four prosecutors concerning one of his friends, the political consultant Roger Stone, convicted, in November 2019, lies in Congress and witness tampering in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 American election. Prosecutors had demanded between seven and nine years in prison.

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Presidential anger at a "Very unfair situation" and an " miscarriage of justice " quickly produced its effects. A few hours later, the Justice Department made the very rare decision to halve the scale of sentences, claiming to have ruled before the publication of Donald Trump's message. In the process, the four prosecutors thus disowned have spectacularly withdrawn from the file.

"I can do whatever I want with the justice ministry," said Donald Trump in late 2017 in an interview with The New York Times.

After publicly praising his justice minister, William Barr, for this unusual reversal that stunned Washington, the President of the United States denied any interference with a court ruling on Wednesday and reiterated his criticisms of severity sentences first considered.

Asked about a possible forgiveness of Roger Stone, once the sentence was pronounced, Donald Trump refused to answer, stressing the seriousness of the ordeal faced by the members of his 2016 campaign team already convicted in the context of the "Russian investigation", and victims, he said, of "Corrupt people" within the federal state.


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