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The judge in the case of longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone appeared to take a firm stance toward the Republican operative ahead of deciding how severe Stone’s punishment should be for making false statements to investigators during the Trump-Russia probe.

“Mr. Stone lied,” U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in court.

The article goes on to state the following:

Jackson also referenced how Stone had violated court orders not to talk about the case, accusing him of “intimidating behavior” including a social media post that included a picture of her with what looked like gun crosshairs over her head. Stone blamed staff for the Instagram post, but the judge sharply rebuked him.

John Cardillo of Newsmax TV tweeted, “RogerStone’s Judge Amy Berman Jackson claiming that he threatened her and impeded justice is beyond dumb considering she suppressed his 1A rights, he was convicted by a biased jury and she’s sentencing him. This should terrify every American.”

CBS News correspondent Bill Rehkoph tweeted updates on the proceedings.

Stone seemed affable, and smiled and chatted with the security officers. He offered us an “I am not commenting at this time” when asked for said comment. He then walked up to the second floor with entourage to the courtroom.

Outside the courthouse, there are a mix of Stone supporters and detractors, some carrying signs. The giant, inflatable Trump Rat is also present just outside the door where Stone and company entered a bit ago.

Below is the giant “rat” protesters have erected outside.

Jackson proceeding through pre-sentencing report, noting Stone team’s objections to some language used in the report. She overrules the objections and accepts the report.

Jackson says she’s reviewed the government’s original and amended sentencing guideline memos, noting both the former prosecuting attorneys (who stepped aside when the memo was amended). Also says she has read letters of support for Stone from family, friends and others.

In apparent vague reference to President Trump and other critics, Jackson says she is bound to consider sentencing guidelines, and am bound to craft a sentence that is appropriate to the crime.

Jackson says there is no mandatory minimum for the crimes and that it’s up to the court to decide if the sentences should be served concurrently or consecutively.

Now, Jackson going over obstruction charge. Crabb says that Stone was successful in obstructing justice, therefore the sentence on that charge should be enhanced. Ginsburg says obstruction didn’t occur in context of criminal proceeding and doesn’t apply.

Ginsburg, back and forth with the judge, says the obstruction did not have a significant impact on the case, and therefore the sentence enhancement guideline does not apply. Jackson rules that the guideline does apply.

Jackson now moves on to the obstruction of justice as it pertains to the criminal investigation of Stone, not the Congressional probe. Cites government’s charge that Stone tried to “stoke” opinion post-indictment with conduct on social media and public comments.

Government supports enhancement of sentence on obstruction charge. Jackson now referencing the photo Stone and associates circulated of herself with what appeared to be crosshairs over her face.

Jackson says Stone “willfully” participated in activity designed to disrupt the proceedings by stirring up supporters on social media, which could have potentially led to someone to act out. Jackson calls the behavior “intolerable.”

Jackson says current guidelines call for sentence of 5.8 to 7.25 years and a $250,000 fine. But she wants to hear from all parties concerned and calls Crabb to present for the government.

CNN correspondent Katilan Collins tweeted, “Judge Jackson finds a harsher sentence should apply here because Stone threatened or intimidated a juror, provided false info to a judge & potentially threatened her. “…The court should not sit idly by, shrug its shoulders and say, ‘That’s just Roger being Roger.'””

Rehkopf continued his update:

Ginsburg points out Stone’s wife and children in the courtroom, asking Jackson to consider the “full scope” of the person Stone is. Says at 67, Stone has no criminal record.

Ginsburg says Stone has “many admirable qualities.” Cites letters sent from friends and people who don’t know him well. Also cites charitable work that Stone has done to “help people and support causes, and go out of their way to give of themselves.”

The court is now in a recess, prior to the judge announcing the sentencing momentarily.

President Trump tweeted during the proceedings:

“They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.” @CNN OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary Clinton, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?

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