Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Zelinsky said he was pressured by supervisors to issue a lenient sentencing recommendation for Prznint Stupid’s pal the Nixon tattoo’ed Roger Stone, because:
“I was told that the acting U.S. attorney was giving Stone a break because he was afraid of the president of the United States.”
Zelinsky told the panel that there was heavy political pressure from the highest levels of the DOJ (ie, Bill ‘Low’ Barr). Zelinsky said that he and other prosecutors were told they would be fired if they didn’t do as they were told.
They followed standard sentencing guidelines anyway, only to have Justice Department leaders override their recommendation after Lord Damp Nut twatted an angry tweet. Zelinsky withdrew from the case rather than give in to the pressure.
So what can we discern from this testimony (assuming it is true)? Something we know deep in our bones: the DOJ is completely politicized and is functioning at the whim of Lord Damp Nut.
Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer told lawmakers that “we’re on the way to something far worse than Watergate,” and that “Barr poses the greatest threat in my lifetime to our rule of law.”
We are in deep, uncharted water, and totally eff’ed in the dark.