Editorial: Political meddling in Roger Stone case undermines rule of law

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President Trump’s rampage of retribution took a disturbing new turn with his vitriolic blasts at the prosecutors and judge handling the case of his longtime friend and informal adviser Roger Stone. A president’s berating of the government’s principals in a criminal case the week before sentencing in U.S. District Court would be unseemly even if it were ignored by everyone who is sworn to uphold justice.

But Trump’s Tuesday-morning outburst became all the more chilling when the top levels of the U.S. Justice Department intervened within hours to withdraw the prosecutors’ recommendation of seven to nine years in prison for Stone. The four prosecutors promptly withdrew from the case, one resigning from the department entirely in protest.

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