THE entire prosecution team for Roger Stone’s case has withdrawn from that proceeding.
The withdrawal Tuesday afternoon comes just over a week before Stone’s sentencing.
The decision was an apparent protest of interference from Justice Department higher-ups over a sentencing recommendation for the longtime Trump adviser.
Stone was indicted by Mueller’s team in January 2019 and charged with making false statements, obstruction, and witness tampering.
The charges focused on Stone’s alleged lies to the House Intelligence Committee in 2017 about his statements on and efforts to get in touch with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. He was convicted on all seven counts at trial in November.
With Stone’s sentencing date of February 20 approaching, prosecutors had to submit their sentencing memo for him on Monday. In it, the prosecutors said that a sentence for Stone of between 87 and 108 months (about seven to nine years) — a range calculated by the probation office, in accordance with standard sentencing guidelines — would be “appropriate.”