DOJ asks judge to sentence Roger Stone to 7-9 years in prison

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recommended on Monday that former Trump aide Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneNew HBO documentary lets Gaetz, Massie, Buck offer their take on how to 'drain the swamp' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 Democrats blister Barr during tense hearing MORE serve a prison sentence of between 7 and 9 years for lying to Congress and witness tampering.

In a court filing to a federal district judge in Washington ahead of Stone’s Feb. 20 sentencing, the department said the longtime Trump associate should be punished in accordance with sentencing guidelines, which recommend between 87 and 108 months.

“Roger Stone obstructed Congress’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, lied under oath, and tampered with a witness,” the DOJ court filing reads. “And when his crimes were revealed by the indictment in this case, he displayed contempt for this Court and the rule of law.”

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Stone will be sentenced by D.C. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee.

Stone, a 67-year-old right-wing provocateur, was convicted in November of seven counts of obstructing and lying to Congress and witness tampering related to his efforts to provide the Trump campaign inside information about WikiLeaks in 2016.

The verdict was a win for former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE, whose legal team alleged that Stone had concealed from Congress his efforts to serve as go-between for the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks.

The Justice Department sentencing memorandum laid out five different categories of lies that Stone told the House Intelligence Committee to conceal his communications.

"Stone’s false statements about documents had a significant impact on the Committee’s investigation," the department wrote in its memo.

Stone had faced a possible prison sentence of up to 20 years for the witness tampering charge alone.

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During his trial, prosecutors showed that Stone, using threats and often vulgar language, repeatedly pressured Randy Credico, a comedian and radio host who had interviewed WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeGlenn Greenwald calls charges against Assange a threat to journalistic freedoms Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology Justice Department announces superseding indictment against Wikileaks' Assange MORE, not to cooperate with congressional investigators who were looking into Trump campaign ties with Russia. 

Credico ultimately decided to assert his Fifth Amendment rights after the panel issued him a subpoena. He said on the stand that Stone’s influence played a role in that decision. 

In its sentencing memorandum, the Justice Department noted that Credico said after the trial that “he did not seriously believe that Stone intended to do him physical harm.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE in December said that he had not thought about whether he would pardon Stone. But the president criticized the prosecution, alleging that they treated his former adviser unfairly.

“I think it’s very tough, what they did to Roger Stone compared to what they do to other people on their side,” Trump said.

--Updated at 7:04 p.m.