When Donald Trump had Bill Barr corruptly and blatantly meddle in the Roger Stone prison sentence guidelines yesterday, Palmer Report explained why it was a huge mistake on Trump’s part. Judge Jackson is still going to give Stone whatever sentence she was always planning on giving him. And Trump just handed the Democrats an opening for using this new scandal to their 2020 advantage.
It turns out the Democrats are already doing just that. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi posted this tweet: “By tweet Donald Trump engaged in political interference in the sentencing of Roger Stone. It is outrageous that DOJ has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing its recommendation. Stepping down of prosecutors should be commended & actions of DOJ should be investigated.”
There are two key takeaways here. First, by default Pelosi is in charge of what the House investigates. So since Pelosi wants a House investigation into the Stone scandal, it obviously means there will be one. Second, Pelosi could be keeping her hands off it, and allowing her underlings like Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler to publicly lead the charge. Instead, Pelosi is making a point of being the one to publicly call for the investigation, meaning she wants to be seen as leading the way. In other words, she sees this investigation as being not only the morally correct thing to do, but also as a political winner.
So now we’ll see precisely where this leads. There will be televised hearings, subpoenas, you name it. The federal prosecutors who quit the Stone case in protest will surely be called to publicly testify about it, and if they really want to testify, Trump can’t realistically stop them. We’re going to see impeachment all over again, with a new scandal, whether it’s called “impeachment” this time or not – and it well could end up being yet another official impeachment. This is just getting started.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report