It’s Another Tuesday Afternoon Massacre at the Department of Justice

Here’s our timeline for the day. At 1:48 am President Trump tweets his displeasure with the 7-9 year prison sentence that prosecutors are recommending for his pal Roger Stone:

11:40 am: Word leaks that DOJ plans to override its prosecutors and reduce their recommended sentence:

1:56 pm: DOJ spokesman says they had not even seen Trump’s tweet when they made this decision. It was solely because the sentence seemed excessive.

3:01 pm: One of the prosecutors withdraws from the case and resigns as Assistant US Attorney for Washington DC:

3:59 pm: Another prosecutor withdraws from the case and resigns from DOJ:

4:40 pm: Yet another prosecutor on the Stone team withdraws:

5:33 pm: The fourth and final member of the prosecution team is out:

The corruption just keeps rolling along. Stay tuned for more.

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