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Trump denies interference with Roger Stone lawsuit

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump does not believe that his comments on the recommendation of prosecutors to sentence his ex-adviser Roger Stone constitute interference in the lawsuit. He stated this on Wednesday at the White House during a meeting with the President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno.

On Monday, the state government asked the court to sentence political strategist Roger Stone, who was Trump’s adviser during the 2016 presidential election campaign, to imprisonment of seven years and three months to nine years. Trump on his Twitter page criticized this recommendation.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department presented a new petition requesting Stone to be sentenced to a shorter prison term. Before this, against the background of the decision to revise the recommendation, all four federal prosecutors who signed the first petition recused themselves. Trump himself on Tuesday assured reporters that he did not ask the Justice Ministry to change his position on the case.

“No, not at all. They did a very bad job of him,” Trump said on Wednesday, answering a question from one of the journalists if his publication on Twitter was a “political interference” in the Stone case. “Nine years recommended by four people, who are probably the people of [Special Prosecutor Robert] Mueller,” continued the American leader.

At the same time, the head of the Washington administration refused to say whether he was going to pardon his ex-adviser after his sentencing. “I don’t want to say it yet,” he said.

The essence of the charges

Stone is one of the closest proxies of the US president. In November 2019, he was convicted of false testimony, intimidation of a witness, and attempts to thwart an investigation by the U.S. Congress. The sentencing is scheduled for February 20.

Stone was detained in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 25 last year. The staff of special prosecutor Robert Muller, who completed the investigation of alleged contacts between Trump’s entourage and the Russians during the 2016 election campaign, accused Stone of trying to get materials stolen by hackers from WikiLeaks (Wikileaks) that could harm Trump’s rival in the election – Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

In 2016, US intelligence agencies accused Russia of interfering in the American election process. For almost two years, the former head of the FBI, Muller, has been investigating these alleged attempts at influence. On April 18, 2019, the U.S. Justice Department released its final report, in which the special prosecutor admitted that he did not reveal a conspiracy of Trump who won the election with Russia.

Trump himself repeatedly rejected suspicions of any illegal contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign; Moscow also called unfounded conclusions about attempts to influence the course of elections in the United States.

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