Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison

Donald Trump’s longtime Adviser Roger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison as part of a case that has roiled the Justice Department and drawn the US president’s ire.

Stone was convicted on charges including lying to a congressional panel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.

US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down the sentence after Stone’s lawyer asked that the veteran Republican operative receive no prison time.

Stone’s belligerence and lies represents “a threat to our democracy”, the judge said in a stern lecture during the hours-long sentencing hearing.

“He was not prosecuted – as some have complained – for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president,” Jackson said.

“There was nothing unfair, phony or disgraceful about the investigation or the prosecution,” Jackson added, citing words that Trump has used.

The judge also said 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 administration of justice,” she added.

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