Prosecutor who resigned over Stone sentencing memo joins DC attorney general's office

Prosecutor who resigned over Stone sentencing memo joins DC attorney general's office

A federal prosecutor who resigned in protest after the Trump administration intervened in Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneRobert Mueller casts a Stone — but he can't erase larger concerns READ: Trump order commuting Roger Stone's prison sentence Press: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself MORE's criminal case has joined the D.C. attorney general's office as a "special counsel for public corruption."

Attorney General Karl Racine announced on Tuesday that he had hired Jonathan Kravis, who left the Department of Justice in February.

“Jonathan Kravis is one of our country’s most respected prosecutors,” Racine said in a statement. “He has earned his exceptional reputation for ethically and successfully prosecuting public corruption cases.”

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Kravis, who had been working out of the D.C. U.S. attorney's office, was one of the lead prosecutors on the team that secured Stone's conviction in November for lying to Congress and witness tampering. As the case entered its sentencing phase, the Justice Department recommended a lower sentence than the seven to nine years in prison that Kravis and his team had requested.

The intervention coincided with President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: 'I leave elected office with my integrity intact' Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE publicly attacking the jury that convicted Stone and claiming that he had not received a fair trial.

The original prosecutors all withdrew from the case, with Kravis resigning from his job entirely. Stone, a longtime confidant and former adviser to Trump, was ultimately sentenced to a little more than three years in prison.

In his new role, Kravis, who has clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen BreyerStephen BreyerThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Supreme Court allows federal executions in 2 a.m. decision First federal prisoner in 17 years executed hours after Supreme Court decision Supreme Court clears way for federal executions MORE and D.C. Circuit Court Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandMellman: Roberts rescues the right? McConnell easily wins Kentucky Senate primary Don't mess with the Supreme Court MORE, will help lead and structure Racine's new public corruption unit.