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BREAKING: Prosecutor in Roger Stone Case Resigns

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UPDATE: Two more prosecutors on the Roger Stone case have withdrawn:

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Original Post: Former Trump Advisor Roger Stone’s prosecution has moved to the center of today’s news cycle, as the possibility of the Department of Justice overturning Stone’s sentence is rumored. Prosecutors originally recommended Stone serve 7-9 years in federal prison, per AP. 

The Department of Justice allegedly finds the recommended sentence to be extreme:

Top prosecutor in the Roger Stone case, who also served on the Mueller prosecution, Aaron Zelinsky, announced his departure from the case this afternoon:

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Stone, along with other Trump allies, was found guilty on counts of witness tampering, obstruction and lying to Congress, in November. Stone was found to be linked to election interference, but was never charged with elevating Russian influence in the 2016 general election. 

Roger Stone's case has been controversial from the start; given the nature of the crimes committed, the long sentence requested by the prosecution has received criticism. President Trump weighed in on the case of his former advisor:

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