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February 11, 2020

Roger Stone Update: "Mueller Crony" Behind 7-to-9 Year Prison Sentence Proposal Withdraws from Case;
Also Resigns as Federal Prosecutor In Drama-Queen Flounce
Another Mueller Prosecutor Resigns, Too

Deb Heine has some background:

Not surprisingly, most of the assistant U.S. attorneys and prosecutors on the case--Jonathan Kravis, Michael Marando, Aaron Zelinsky and Adam C. Jed--have impressive liberal credentials. From 2009 to 2010, Kravis served as Associate Counsel to then-President Obama. He is now deputy chief of the fraud and public corruption section in the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia, where Marando also works.

Zelinsky and Jed are both former members of Mueller's team. Last year, former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo accused Zelinsky of trying to ensnare him in a process crime when he was interviewed by the special counsel team in May of 2018.

She also noted the objections to the "obscene" over-sentence:

"This is completely insane, and these prosecutors should be embarrassed to request something so unjust and outrageous from the court How many years will they ask McCabe to get sentenced to?" tweeted former CIA analyst Buck Sexton."“He lied under oath. But the answer is ZERO."

President Trump himself decried the sentence, calling it "disgraceful" on Twitter, spurring speculation that a pardon was in the works for his former associate. "This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” the president wrote in another late-night tweet. "The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!"

Aaron Zelinksy was also a Huffington Post contributor, so you know he's on the up-and-up.

Deb reminds me that someone -- I don't know who -- ordered that El-Chapo-level SWAT raid on the meager Stone residence, rather than just asking him to surrender himself for arrest and processing.

And someone also leaked it to CNN to have cameras there to videotape the dramatic raid.

I guess the FBI feels that it has to ask for a lengthy prison sentence given that it ordered a black ops raid just to arrest a 67 year old man.

Zelinsky was either removed from the case, or removed himself when he was countermanded by his superiors:

In his motion telling the court he was off the case, Zelinsky also told the court -- in an irrelevant aside that seems calculated to prejudice the court against the defendant in future sentencing decisions -- that he was also resigning from the DOJ entirely:

"The Court is advised that the undersigned attorney has resigned effective immediately after this filing as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for District of Columbia."

Good. Another Deep Stater flounced his own soy ass out the door.

UPDATE: ANOTHER ONE FLOUNCES! Via Tami, Mueller crony Jonathan Kravis also resigned as Special Assistant US Attorney. (Which I think means an Assistant US Attorney, but not one appointed through the normal means (by the president), but by the Special Counsel.)

Deb Heine says that Kravis served as Associate Counsel to Obama, 2009-2010.

UPDATE! Sean Davis also has fresh reporting:

Sources told The Federalist that Timothy Shea, who was recently appointed to take over as the top federal prosecutor in D.C. earlier this month, was bullied into agreeing to the sentence recommendation by Adam Jed and Aaron Zelinsky, who were originally tapped by Mueller to investigate whether Donald Trump treasonously colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. A full investigative report released by Mueller last year revealed that the Mueller investigation found zero evidence for any of the claims of collusion between Trump and the Russians. According to a separate report on serial abuses committed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) during its investigation of Trump, the DOJ inspector general found that the government knew long before Mueller was even appointed that there was no evidence of any collusion.

Shea’s acquiescence to the demand by the disgruntled former Mueller operatives raised questions about whether Shea was operationally in control of the D.C. prosecutor’s office, or whether he had effectively outsourced major decisions in high-profile cases to Mueller’s former deputies.

UPDATE! A THIRD MUELLER ROGUE PROSECUTOR RESIGNS: Now Aaron Jed has resigned.

There's a fourth, a guy named Marando who I'm told was part of the fake prosecution of Imran Awan, who has not resigned yet, but who might.

It appears that they're all resigning together to generate a news story -- and to create a fresh pretext for a new Special Counsel.

And what a coincidence...!

Chuck Schumer just seized on the totally-not-coordinated group resignation to demand a Special Counsel:

@SenSchumer

The DOJ Inspector General must open an investigation immediately.

I will be sending a formal request to the IG shortly.






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