Poised to sentence him, judge calls Trump adviser Stone’s threats ‘intolerable’
WASHINGTON: A federal judge said on Thursday President Donald Trump’s long-time adviser Roger Stone engaged in intolerable “threatening and intimidating conduct” toward her as she prepared to sentence him on charges that include lying to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Signaling she may not be lenient in her sentencing even as Stone’s lawyer recommended no prison time, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told a hearing that Stone “knew exactly what he was doing” when he posted an image on social media last year that positioned a gun’s cross-hairs over her head.
“The defendant engaged in threatening and intimidating conduct toward the court,” Jackson said.
“This is intolerable to the rule of justice,” she added.
Jackson also said she would not discount tougher sentencing guidelines that apply to witness tampering and obstruction, which were among the seven criminal counts on which Stone was convicted in November.
Stone, whose career as a Republican operative has stretched from the Watergate scandal era of the early 1970s to Trump’s campaign four years ago, is in court to be sentenced in a case that has drawn Trump’s ire.
Stone was surrounded by an entourage of family, friends and lawyers as he arrived at the courthouse. He strode past a giant inflatable rat dressed as Trump with a red tie and yellow hair – a common prop in street protests – and a sign calling for his pardon. – Reuters