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Roger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison on Thursday for lying to Congress and witness tampering amid a firestorm of controversy as the Trump administration pushed for a lighter sentence for the longtime political provocateur.

Thursday’s sentencing hearing follows a tumultuous stretch that saw President Trump attack the original prosecutors, the judge and the jury in the case on behalf of his onetime adviser. And it follows the withdrawal of the original prosecution team from the case after the Justice Department amended their recommendation that Stone serve seven to nine years in prison.

The article goes on to state the following:

During the hearing, Judge Amy Berman Jackson sharply questioned the new attorney for the prosecution, John Crabb Jr. of the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office, over the administration’s sentencing reversal.

CBS News correspondent Bill Rehkopf continued his reporting in a series of Twitter posts during the sentencing:

The #RogerStone sentencing hearing is back in session as of 11:44AM. Please note my apologies for misspelling Stone counsel Seth Ginsberg’s name throughout this thread. Certainly regret the error.

Jackson says “Unsurprisingly, I have a lot to say.”

Jackson says she will talk through each factor of the sentencing, starting with the nature and the facts of the offense. Reads letter saying Stone is being politically persecuted. “That is most certainly not what happened here.”

Jackson proceeds to go through the WikiLeaks DNC email timeline, asserting that Stone inserted himself into the situation by trying to reach Julian Assange over Hillary Clinton emails and Clinton Foundation.

Jackson: Stone reached out to then-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort regarding WikiLeaks, “I have an idea to save Trump’s ass,” Stone wrote.

Jackson describes Stone’s willingness to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in 2017 as it investigated Russian interference in the election. The judge says Stone lied to Congress about his story. “That is why he was indicted,” Jackson says.

Jackson says the idea that evidence of the lack thereof concerning Russian collusion should weigh on the Stone case “is false.” Jackson says the case is simply about lying to Congress about not having evidence in the WikiLeaks affair.

Jackson continues to lay out the cases in which Stone lied and obstructed Congress in the process. Also describes in detail the pressuring of Randy Credico to take the “5th” and stonewall the Congress and DOJ.

Jackson says Stone knew he could not take the 5th before Congress without hurting the Trump campaign, “so he lied, and then made efforts to make sure the lies were not exposed.”

Jackson says “it’s nice” that Credico has forgiven Stone, and that he didn’t believe that Stone would really kill him or his dog. “That says more about Credico than it does about Stone,” the judge says.

Jackson says Stone corruptly influenced and impeded the House Judiciary Committee when he lied before the panel, when he obstructed Congress by stonewalling on providing evidence, and tampered with Randy Credico. “This was planned,” she says.

Now, Jackson is shifting to Stone’s character, saying he cultivated an image of a “provocateur” and a “bare-knuckled brawler.” Also cites the “beautiful” letter of Stone’s step-daughter who spoke of Stone’s kindness and generosity.

Should say that the “provocateur” and “brawler” comments came from letters sent to the judge.

“I am not here to judge Roger Stone the person,” Jackson says. “That’s for a higher authority.”

Jackson acknowledges that family considerations are taken into account, but cautions the responsibility does not come from the prosecution or the court, but from Stone’s actions.

Jackson continues to outline considerations she must take into account when coming up with sentence, including one that is “sufficient enough.” Says original sentencing memorandum was well-researched and according to law. But says that’s too much.

Jackson says she agrees with the amended sentence memo, in terms of its scope. She also says that the defense’s probation request is “simply not sufficient.”

Jackson continues to address defense sentence memo, saying Stone doesn’t appear to have a medical issue that would prompt some relief in his sentence. She cites his extensive travel as an example.

Jackson says Stone’s travel for speaking engagements and other appearances “belies” the argument Stone supporters have used that she tried to “silence him” with the gag order.

Jackson says sentencing is “not an exact sentence.” Says she has used sentencing memos, precedent, and her own judgment in determining how long Stone will be in prison.

Jackson says she is not sentencing Stone to keep him quiet. “I imagine he’ll keep talking,” the judge says.

Jackson now addressing the neutrality of the court in coming up with the sentence, taking a subtle dig at the president. She says she cannot be affected by someone whose political career could be impacted by the case. Also says she can’t be “buffeted by the Left.”

Jackson: “The sentence is not just about punishing him (Stone), but about being a deterrent to others…there was nothing phony about the investigation.”

“The House committee had a duty to inquire about how documents from the DNC wound up in the hands of WikiLeaks.” Says Stone lied and obstructed to prevent the committee’s work.

Jackson: “What did the defense say to the jury (about Stone’s actions)? ‘So what? So what?’ That alone might be the most pernicious,” the judge says.

“The dismay and disgust (about Stone’s actions) should transcend both parties.”

“The U.S. Congress cared. The government and the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s office cared. The American people cared. I cared,” Jackson sternly says in response to defense’s argument of “Who cares?”

BREAKING: Roger Stone sentence: Count 1-40 months…Counts 2-6-12 months concurrently for each count…Count 7-18 months, concurrent with other counts. $20,000 fine.

Stone will serve the time for each count concurrently. Judge now laying out further requirements, including the turning over of tax returns and other records. Turns over custody to the Southern District of Florida, but Jackson maintains jurisdiction on the case.

Jackson also gives 24 months of supervised release per each count, once sentence is served. Jackson defers execution of sentence, giving Stone chance to appeal for a new trial. Court is adjourned.

To get more information about this article, please visit TheHill.com.

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