Fact-Checking Claims Trump Made In Defending Roger Stone - Cnnpolitics

Fact-Checking Claims Trump Made In Defending Roger Stone - Cnnpolitics

Fact-checking the false claims Trump made in defending Roger Stone

Trump made a series of false and misleading claims about Stone, special counsel Robert Mueller and a federal judge in tweets and public remarks Tuesday and Wednesday.


President Trump made a series of false and misleading claims in tweets and public remarks Tuesday and Wednesday related to the government's handling of the legal case involving Roger Stone, his longtime adviser. Here's a fact check.

Trump made a series of false and misleading claims about Stone, special counsel Robert Mueller and a federal judge in tweets and public remarks Tuesday and Wednesday.

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump made a series of false and misleading claims in tweets and public remarks Tuesday and Wednesday related to the government's handling of the legal case involving Roger Stone, his longtime adviser, who was convicted in November of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a congressional investigation. Trump's comments followed a controversial decision by the Department of Justice to ask a court to sentence Stone to"far less" time in prison than the seven to nine years department prosecutors had recommended to the court just a day prior. All four prosecutors resigned from the case after they were overruled. The prosecutors and Mueller Trump tweeted Tuesday:"Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn't ever even have started?" Speaking to reporters Wednesday about the prosecutors who withdrew, Trump said,"Perhaps they were Mueller people." Read MoreFacts First: Only two of the four prosecutors who withdrew from the case worked on the team led by special counsel Robert Mueller that investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The claim that the prosecutors were"exposed" is misleading -- they made their sentencing recommendation in a public court filing, not in secret. And the Mueller investigation was not illegal.Multiple federal courts have upheld the legality of Mueller's appointment and endorsed actions he took, such as subpoenaing witnesses to testify before a grand jury and bringing criminal charges against some senior Trump aides. The inspector general for the Department of Justice conducted an exhaustive review and determined in a report released in December that the FBI had a legitimate basis for opening the Russia investigation in July 2016, though his report also criticized some FBI officials for how they had handled other aspects of the investigation. Judge Amy Berman JacksonTrump responded Tuesday to a tweet about Amy Berman Jackson, a federal judge in Washington who's overseeing the Stone trial and who presided over other cases resulting from the Mueller investigation. Trump tweeted:"Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure? How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking!"Facts First: Jackson did not"put Paul Manafort in solitary confinement." She sent Manafort to jail because he broke the law while out on bail, but she didn't pick the jail and didn't order him to be held in a cell by himself. And he was not subjected to the harsh conditions experienced by prisoners who are sent to solitary confinement for disciplinary reasons.Here's what happened.Jackson revoked Manafort's bail in 2018 after he was accused by prosecutors of trying to tamper with witnesses who might testify against him at trial. (He later pleaded guilty to witness tampering.) Jackson did not dictate where Manafort would be jailed or the conditions of his incarceration. He was sent to the Northern Neck Regional Jail in rural Virginia, where he had a large private room, bathroom, shower, workspace, phone and laptop. He even said during a monitored phone call that he was being treated like a VIP, according to a court filing by prosecutors. But Manafort complained about being at Northern Neck, saying it was too far from his lawyers and that he was being held in solitary. These complaints were lodged with T.S. Ellis, the federal judge overseeing Manafort's other criminal case in Virginia. Ellis then transferred Manafort to the city jail in Alexandria, Virginia, much closer to the courthouse where he went on trial in 2018. By that point, Manafort's lawyers realized that this might make his conditions worse, and they unsuccessfully tried to backtrack. Upon Manafort's arrival at the Alexandria jail, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne said,"Because he is a high-profile inmate, Mr. Manafort will be placed in protective custody, which limits his interactions with other inmates." When sentencing Manafort in 2019, Jackson sharply criticized his defense team for repeatedly claiming that their client had been in"solitary confinement" at Northern Neck, saying it was"disingenuousness" and"an attempt to garner public sympathy." Jackson noted that the private cells where Manafort was held in protective custody in Alexandria were different from the Special Housing Units, or SHUs, that are used to discipline prisoners with"solitary confinement." Jackson said of Manafort's situation:"The defendant was not in the SHU. I understand now that he is in protective confinement. It is true that his cell is not shared, it has a single bunk, it has a window, radio, newspapers, and view of the television. It is true that he's released for only a few of his waking hours every day out of that confinement to walk around and be with other people." Stone and the Trump campaignTrump tweeted Wednesday that the original sentencing recommendation for Stone was unfair -- and added that Stone"was not even working for the Trump Campaign." Facts First: Stone officially worked for Trump's campaign for two months in 2015, then became an informal adviser after his formal role ended. During Stone's trial, multiple witnesses testified that he had been in regular contact with Trump and senior campaign officials in 2016 to discuss strategy.Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015. Two months later, Stone either resigned or was fired; there is a dispute about what happened. At trial, prosecutors introduced as evidence phone records that suggested Stone and Trump had spoken in 2016, after Stone's official role with the campaign had ended. Stone's crimes occurred in 2017, during Trump's presidency.Comparing the Stone and Wolfe casesTrump repeatedly said Stone was getting unfair treatment by comparing him to James Wolfe, a longtime senior Senate staffer who served two months in prison for lying to the FBI. On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted,"Two months in jail for a Swamp Creature, yet 9 years recommended for Roger Stone." The President suggested that the disparity came from"rogue prosecutors." Trump made a similar claim in a tweet on Tuesday, when he said that"a swamp creature with 'pull' was just sentenced to two months in jail for a similar thing that they want Stone to serve 9 years for." Trump repeated these claims to reporters Wednesday afternoon.Facts First: The Stone and Wolfe cases have some similarities but also key differences. They were both about national security matters and involved lies to federal investigators. But Stone is in much more legal jeopardy after being convicted of seven felonies, including witness tampering. Wolfe pleaded guilty to just one count of lying to the FBI. Perhaps the most important difference is how the two defendants handled their criminal cases.Wolfe reached a plea bargain with prosecutors that resulted in two of the three charges against him being dropped, shaving years from his potential prison sentence. Conversely, Stone fought the charges and was convicted at trial of all seven counts against him, which included lying to Congress, obstructing a congressional investigation and witness tampering.Prosecutors calculate sentencing recommendations from a framework of regulations, guidelines and laws. In the Stone case, the prosecutors said their seven- to nine-year recommendation was based on the fact that Stone had engaged in a"multi-year scheme" of deception that involved deliberate false statements, a"relentless and elaborate" campaign to silence a witness and the obstruction of an election-interference investigation that was critically important to the country. Trump blamed prosecutors for Wolfe's two-month sentence. But that ignores the facts of the case. The typical range for his crime, lying to the FBI, is zero to six months in prison. But prosecutors asked the judge to throw the book at Wolfe and send him to prison for two years, a weighty sentence for one count of lying to the FBI. (For comparison, Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to the same charge in 2017 and received 30 days in prison.) Neither the Wolfe case nor the Stone case appears to have involved any"rogue" actions by prosecutors, like recommending a prison term that goes beyond what is legally permissible.The President is right to note that Wolfe was well-connected in Washington. Many prominent officials asked the judge for leniency, including Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, who lead the Senate Intelligence Committee, where Wolfe worked for years.Mueller and CongressTrump tweeted Wednesday:"Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!" Facts First: There is no evidence Mueller lied to Congress, which is a federal crime. There is, however, ample evidence that Stone did. He was found guilty of five counts of doing so. Trump did not say what lie he was alleging Mueller had told to Congress. But he has previously argued that Mueller wasn't telling the truth when he testified to Congress in July that he was not pursuing another stint as FBI director when he spoke with Trump about the job in May 2017, shortly before he was named special counsel. Mueller, who served as FBI director between 2001 and 2013, testified that he was not acting"as a candidate" for the job during the May 2017 conversation with Trump. He said that"my understanding (was) I was not applying for that job. I was asked to give my input on what it would take to do the job." The President's claim was undermined by Trump's former top adviser Steve Bannon, who told Mueller's team that the White House had invited Mueller"to offer a perspective on the institution of the FBI." The Mueller report also said:"Bannon said that, although the White House thought about beseeching Mueller to become Director again, he did not come in looking for the job." Bannon made similar comments in a 2018 interview with MSNBC, FactCheck.org noted. Read more: CNN

Making false and misleading information is every minute Get him the hell out before he destroys the USA. He makes me I'll to know what the other Republicans seem to think it's ok with his garbage. YOUR ALL FIRED!!!! Really? Trump lies every day next day he changes his lies back sick man n dangerous too You may want to start fact checking yourself. Oh that's right....you dont know what facts are cnn

liars Not surprise 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂❤️❤️❤️❤️ CNN talks about false claims? All your claims, including these, are false! and we should believe you why? CNN is misleading. Stone was convicted on 7 counts. 6 of them related to misstatements to Gov’t & 1 count was witness tampering. The witness formally debunked the threat which was the basis of the tampering claim. Roger Stone is basically being sentenced to 9 years for lying.

Roger Stone: Prosecutors withdraw from Stone case after DOJ intervenesBannanaRepublic And how much time is Hillary Clinton gonna get for her collusion with A fake dossier?

Fact: President Trump can remark on his opinions at will just like this Communist News Network CNN. Fact: The President isn’t the only one who sees this injustice. The jury had an anti-Trump juror who posted negative tweets during the Stone trial. Why aren’t you reporting that? This is a Joke 😜 Why would we Vote for a Man if such Character

Fake news I got more likes than CNN can get. Blows my mind! Trump 2020! Them black skinheads fakenew didn't tell you this; Roger Stone Juror Wrote Anti-Trump Social Media Posts and Ran for Congress as Dem Why do you call these things false or misleading when lies and lying are more appropriate. He lies. All the time.

Nit picking. C'mon . Say something of substance.

Prosecutors call for lower sentence for Roger Stone, Trump denies he spoke with Justice DepartmentBREAKING: The entire team of federal prosecutors involved in Roger Stone's case has withdrawn. It was not immediately clear whether their withdrawals were an act of protest of the Justice Department's reversal on its sentencing recommendation for Stone. Donnie. STRIKES. Again.———- SAD How many years did Eric Holder serve in prison for lying? Is Sen Collins 'concerned' by this? Or is she just 'mildly troubled.'

He's a lying sack of chit. What else is new? What`s new!! LIAR-IN-CHIEF!!! Trump is turning america into a sh*t hole country. Lies destroy! Where is the spirit of John McCain? Dem candidates need to start fact checking his misinformation mind control!!!!!! That's nothing new idiot trump always lies and is misinformed about facts

Everything he says is Fake Information!!! And yet he goes on! What will it take to get him out? So he lied as usual. Trump? False claims? Really? CNN a mess shame on you...shame on you President Trump greatest President ever HARDEST working President ever Demo's want to Demolish America

Justice Department will cut recommended prison sentence for Roger Stone after sharp Trump criticismPresident Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone was convicted of lying to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks and witness tampering. It pays to have criminals (oops, I mean friends) in high places. Good Oh so since trump whimpered and whined now the sentence changed? When trump talks about Mexicans I think he was talking generalities with his friend group!

He lied. ELECTION 2020POLITICS Trump Surpasses New Hampshire Primary Vote Total of Every Incumbent President Over the Last FOUR Decades, wonder why CNN not reporting in this news The entire jury needs to be hauled back in and questioned by the judge. You are so fake, that is why your ratings are dropping. Keep posting fake news and maybe you will go off the air

How on earth did the judge—who gagged Roger Stone himself during his trial—allow a Russian collusion hoaxer who ran for Congress as a Democrat, was a practicing attorney, and was posting about Trump during the trial to sit on the jury as its foreman? CNN and fact-checking just don’t go together. FakeNews

The Super Genuis doesn't lie? He says his big words and follows through to believing them. This is CNN! Can someone answer the question ... was 9 years excessive in an impartial sense - that’s the crux ... if so, prosecutors have just deliberately thrown an incendiary bomb at the DOJ - with a nice little exit strategy attached

DOJ backpedaling on sentencing recommendation for Trump ally Roger StoneBREAKING: US Justice Dept. is backpedaling on sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, senior dept. official tells NBCNews. The move comes hours after Pres. Trump tweeted that sentencing recommendation was 'disgraceful!' and a 'miscarriage of justice!' corruption This is brazen interference by Trump and Barr. Things like this can utterly destroy the tenuous fabric of democracy. American cowards.

Are we to believe that CNN is going to state (Facts) please stop the hate and lies Misleading claims CNN? 😂😂😂😂 cnn doing “fact checks” 🤣🤣 Facts at CNN? Laughable What’s new? Same old gosh if only he had long time advisors who blew buildings up like Obama's everything would be fine. I’m pretty sure shifty schiff lied a lot more times than roger stone CNN and put together biggest scam in history any prison time

Go to h*ll CNN CNN : Here's our FakeNews reply

Prosecutors Request 7 to 9 Year Prison Sentence for Trump Surrogate Roger StoneIf the recommendation is adhered to, Stone would serve more time than any other conviction stemming from the inquiry into Trump campaign connections to Russia Presidential pardon by Trump in 3, 2, 1.

realDonaldTrump As usual, you just spew lies hoping no one checks. As usual, ppl check EVERYTHING you say. Schumer and Democrats will explain why James Comey...McCabe and Brennan are still walking free despite being indicted by Inspector Generals Report for lying under an oath. Hillary Clinton: Lied under oath Deleted 33,000 emails Obstructed Congress Colluded with a foreign agent

Why don’t you call them what they are? LIES! Trumps claims were not false but CNN’s are. It will eventually be proven. It's amusing, as a Canadian, to see south of the boarder libs condemn the POTUS and accuse him of doing exactly what we know our PM did. Re: Roger Stone vs SNC Lavelin' CNN wants to fact check? 😂😂😂😂

The correction network ( Eraser). Coming from FakeNews cnn we can br assured there is nothing factual

Trump says he did not intervene in Justice Department's handling of Roger Stone caseU.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he did not intervene to ask the... He LIES realDonaldTrump Full of shit! He perfectly told someone who perfectly told the Justice Department to stop it...

Fake news What the holdovers have done to the rule of law is beyond contemptible-setting up, persecuting, and then prosecuting Trump supporters while proven democrat criminals walk. It’s one-sided & unconstitutional. Why don’t you do an in-depth investigation into those disparities, cnn? If Delusional Donald is talking he is making false and misleading claims But why don’t we call it what it is no sugar coating He’s LYING But if caught in real time he says “ I don’t know that’s info I was given” SO SAD!!!

Shut up quit sugar coating it plain and simple there are lies and the press should push him on all his lies right there in the oval office!! Corrupt racist Dictator Got rid of 4 more Anti Trump hold overs from Obama. Part of Mueller's hit squad. They couldn't get their man there so they were looking for a scalp anywhere they could get it

If this does not from CNN, who else? We're used to your propaganda against the American Chief Servant, DJT MAGA2020LandslideVictory Fact check everything said; lies so well.

Why do we never see this 'so-called' fact checking on any Dem leader? Where was the fact checking during schiff's parody, schiff's proof of collusion or anything else he speaks about, just asking for balanced coverage NOOOOOO! SAY IT AIN’T SOOOOOOOOOOO! 😱 All the False Claims have come from the self imploding Democrat Party and it’s league of Communist Socialist. Democrats have gone down a dark hole and there is no fluffy bunny at the bottom.

TrumpIsTrash He had an extra sooo of ice cream too 🙄 No way!!!!! Not more...misleading remarks!!!!

This is your cnn Rodger Stone is corrupt, just like President Trump. Both should be in prison for the rest of their sorry lives. Your truth is not 'fact' but your opinion... 😂😂😂 This, too, should be illegal Snore Oh hum. Another CNN tweet attacking the President. It’s laughable, CNN wouldn’t know a fact if it hit them in the face.

I like the way everyone is calling Stone an 'advisor'. Stone can't advise anyone on how to wipe their ass... front to back or back to front? He's an uneducated idiot, just another 'yes man' for Trump. CNN Fact checking truth is pretty funny. You wouldn't know the first thing about honesty. I he trust in the majesty of the rule of law has been tormented by demented legislators winner take all and their gruesome partnerships - nascent nefarious nibbles - anglers going fishing trump bait shop Barr!

This is why Trump won and will win again...because of shit like this. Any 67 year-old who can’t accurately recall receiving a specific email deserves to be sentenced to 8 years in prison. It’s also appropriate that the average time served by convicted rapists is only 4 years. Priorities DonTheCon LiarInChief

Karma will get him Just say lies....damn! It’s not that hard cnn CNN is The Godfather of Fake News. CNN - what do you know about facts ? That’s a joke ! FakeNews Youre fake news

The Hate Trump network is incapable of fact checking anything! And the rating drops even more. The best news organization in the business. It only the crooks and lire’s that doesn’t like it. Barr is undoing the unjust convictions & sentences of the corrupt Mueller investigation. Mueller went after these people just to get to Trump. They were pawns, tools. Murderers, rapist, and robbers don't get 9 years. I thought Democrats were for reduced sentences. Not now, huh?

FakeNewsCNN Call them what they are LIES Fact first: Illegal immigrants were sentenced to 'acquittal' in California for 'murder.' This is the 'judicial justice' pursued by fake news CNN.

No surprise there. In other words he lied again and again. C’mon CNN. You sound ridiculous. I would never believe a fact chk from you lying pigs at cnn. Says the Fake news network 🙄 CNN fact checking? Lololol You keep fact checking him for 4 years now. When are you going to actually do something to stop him?

closing in on 17,000.. CNN is non-stop lying and making half truths.

Lies. He lied. He bullshitted. Call it what it is, dammit! He lies all the time! CNN “fact checking” Is like a prostitute preaching morality

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