RUSH: Let's talk about what happened here with the DOJ, the attorney general, Barr, these four prosecutors, the Roger Stone case, because this, folks, is an object lesson in presidential follow-through.
The proof of the pudding here is I'm watching the Drive-By Media, "Oh, my God. This is horrible. This is so bad. Trump now has no guardrails. There's nobody stopping Trump from doing anything. He survived impeachment. He survived the Russia thing. Oh, my God. There's nothing to stop Trump. This is horrible. This is bad." And of course that's exactly 180 degrees wrong.
Now, the big news here is Roger Stone. You remember Roger Stone was minding his own business one day at home and then jackbooted thugs along with CNN cameras strategically located outside his front door, surrounding his house. At 6 a.m. they stormed in and pulled the guy out of bed and run him down to jail and charge him with something or other. Why was CNN there? Who tipped CNN? We know why CNN was there.
This whole thing was a setup. And so Roger Stone is charged with some crime having to do with the Russia hoax, some involvement he had with WikiLeaks and the Hillary emails. It was specious because this whole thing has been made up, this entire hoax, this entire coup started out with the Steele dossier. Four FISA warrants were granted on a fake document to spy on the Trump campaign via Carter Page.
There was never anything to it. Not a single crime was committed by the Trump campaign at any stage. There was never any evidence of a crime having been committed. So anything that was charged along the way here was purely political. What happened to Manafort, those things that they charged and convicted Manafort on had nothing to do with when he was in charge of the Trump campaign or working there.
Sentenced to solitary confinement. Sentenced to die in jail. And that's what they did to Roger Stone. They gave him a seven- to nine-year sentence hoping he would die in jail. Roger Stone didn't do anything. There's not a person in the world that can tell you what Roger Stone did of a criminal nature that threatened the people of this country, that violated the laws of the country, that somehow helped the Trump campaign win an illegal election. Nothing. Roger Stone didn't do diddly-squat.
I could go on about this, but I don't want to further characterize Roger Stone. Roger Stone was an ancillary player who wanted to make himself look like he was in the middle of everything. And he wasn't. But because he put himself out there as a major player, a major adviser, he became a target. When I saw the special counsel was gonna indict Roger Stone, that's the first -- I do not mean this as an insult to Roger Stone in any way, shape, manner, form. Please don't misunderstand me. None of this is intended to be critical of Roger Stone at all.
But the fact that they got an indictment and wanted to charge Stone with anything was all the evidence any of us needed that they didn't have a thing on anybody, and they never were gonna have a thing on anybody because all of this was factually made up.
There was never a story. There was never a hoax. There was never Russia collusion. There was never any evidence any kind supporting this. This was a pure hatched effort to stop Donald Trump from being inaugurated. And then after he was inaugurated, it was to get him thrown out of office. The Mueller investigation was a very elaborate obstruction of justice trap, a very elaborate process crime trap.
Like I told you, they appoint Mueller as special counsel. He gets to the special counsel office. He's got his 16 lawyers there. He said, "Okay. Let me see the file. What is the evidence in the Russia case?" There isn't any. You go back two years on this program where I said if Robert Mueller was indeed the man of honor and integrity that they told us he is, he would have refused the gig. He would have not taken that job once he saw that there wasn't a shred of evidence when it comes to anything Trump and Russia.
There wasn't any evidence. There wasn't a shred of evidence. There never has been. They haven't produced any. So what happens in those two years? Why did he take that job? Well, we all know why he took the job. He was the figurehead that allowed all of his Democrat lawyers, Hillary-supporting, Trump-hating lawyers to try to build a case that could be used ultimately in impeachment to get rid of Trump and throw him out of office. And it was in the midst of all that that they ended up charging people that had nothing to do with anything. Roger Stone seven to nine years.
So these prosecutors -- and this is the truncated version of this -- the prosecutors recommend seven to nine years. And anybody who has followed this knows how absolutely atrocious that is. They know how bogus it is and the fact that the attorney general moved in here to stop it ought to be one of the best indications you could get so far that he and Durham are still working this case, and they still have major announcements yet to come over all of these people that engaged themselves in this coup.
To shut this down this way, I don't care whether Trump was involved in it or not. He has total freedom to be involved in this. If he can pardon Stone, then what the hell's everybody worried about whether or not he gets involved in the sentence being reduced? And he can pardon Stone. Seven to nine years. Stone's age, he's being sentenced to die in prison. He didn't do anything, folks. Because nothing that was alleged during this entire Russia collusion hoax happened.
So all these charges of people, like Manafort and Roger Stone, it's the only thing they could do to make it look like there were things that went on. Roger Stone got caught up with his own bragging about what he knew about WikiLeaks and who he was talking to about it, just his desire to be a player. And they said, "Okay. You want to be a player? Well, here's what's gonna happen to you, player." And he gets charged and convicted and then here comes the sentencing recommendation, and Barr says this is just ridiculous, this whole thing is ridiculous, the whole aspect of this case has been ridiculous. It's nothing more than an elaborate coup.
And they're moving and they've totally withdrawn those sentencing guidelines seven to nine years. So the four prosecutors resign. Now, who are these four prosecutors? One of the prosecutors was Robert Mueller's lead investigator. These four prosecutors are holdovers from the Mueller investigation who are still trying to make all of their time pay off somehow, some way.
And this is Trump and this is Barr blocking them. This is justice taking place. But it's still a matter of some question because the judge, Amy Berman Jackson, can do whatever she wants when Stone is sentenced on February 20th. Now, this judge -- and Trump has tweeted about it -- this judge is the judge who demanded that Manafort be put in solitary confinement.
Seven to nine years. Can anybody up there tell me what Stone did? Do you know what the average rapist sentence is? Four and a half years. Beat somebody up, grand larceny, one and a half to two years. Manslaughter second degree starts at 15 years, plea bargained down to under 10. Here's Roger Stone, seven to nine years, and he hasn't done diddly-squat, certainly by comparison.
So Trump's out there attacking the judge as well, in addition to praising Barr for moving in on the case this way. It is a gutsy thing for Barr to do. This goes flat-out, smack-dab right in the face of the Washington establishment and the people who are in charge and responsible for this coup. But the thing is, the judge can do whatever she wants. Now with Trump attacking the judge, the judge can sentence the guy to maintain the seven to nine years if she wants on February 20th.
She could do it out of spite. She could do it on the grounds, "You're the president; I understand that. But you don't get to tell me how to do my job. I'm independent. I got a lifetime appointment; you don't, you schlub. You can't talk to me this way. Your guy's going to jail for seven to nine years!" Despite all this, she can still do that -- and then Trump could still pardon him.
I have no idea what the judge is gonna do, but my guess would be that she's gonna slap the seven to nine years back on him. My guess, that's what some people want to happen here so that the establishment will show they're vindictive. (interruption) What do you mean? You don't think they want that to happen? I think they do. Barr's not a dummy. Barr's not just playing one move ahead.
But this is outrageous.
Every aspect of this case was outrageous.
This should have never happened. This remains the most outrageous political scandal that has occurred in our lifetimes, folks, and there's nothing even close, including Watergate, which is nothing but Romper Room compared to what happened here. They can't find a single crime involved or undertaken by anybody in the central charge of the case, and that is that Russia meddled with the election, and Trump helped, to benefit him and hurt Hillary.
That's what they said. There's no evidence. It didn't happen. In fact, the meddling with Russia was occurring between Hillary and the DNC, their law firms. The meddling with Russia did happen. The rigging elections did happen against Crazy Bernie: The 2016 Democrat primary. But Trump didn't do anything. Trump nor his team did anything. They had 40 FBI agents from the Mueller investigation. Forty FBI agents!
Again, folks, Robert Mueller takes the job of special counsel. He shows up to the office on day one and says, "Show me the file. What do we got on the Russians?" "Uh, nothing, Bob. Uh, there's no evidence yet." "What do you mean, no evidence? Okay. Get me 40 FBI agents and we're gonna find it!" They had 40 -- 40 -- FBI agents. Everybody in this case -- and I'm sorry. This makes me so mad, I can't see straight, which is why I'm yelling.
Everybody on the Mueller side, the Democrat side, the special counsel side -- everybody on this side -- knew that there was not a shred of evidence ever to back up one single charge they were making. This was a made-up, manufactured attempt to get rid of Trump, and they had 40 FBI agents looking for dirt, trying to make up dirt. Talk about Ukraine and making things up?
And even with that and with spies from the FBI and informants, they couldn't find one thing that Trump or anybody in his immediate circle had done that violated election law. Forty FBI agents. What did they do for two years? Forty FBI agents, 16 Hillary lawyers, Robert J. Mueller III, whatever, and they got Roger Stone? Did you say to yourself, "Who the hell is this?" when that indictment came down and they're ramrodding his house with the jackbooted thugs and the CNN cameras?
After Manafort's been given solitary confinement, did you say, "What did he do?" You find out he did nothing with the Trump campaign. The stuff they got him for happened in his businesses before he was even part of the Trump campaign. How can any so-called crime have occurred in a bogus, no-evidence allegation of collusion between Trump and Russia? If they couldn't find one shred of evidence to support it, what the hell crime occurred anywhere?
If there was no Trump-Russia collusion, then what the hell did Stone do with WikiLeaks that was criminal? Zip, zero, nada. WikiLeaks got hold of John Podesta's emails 'cause John Podesta fell for a phishing scam on his own computer. So it only makes sense that the attorney general, seeing an outrageous seven- to nine-year sentence for a guy.
That means he's gonna die in jail for something that nobody in this country can name that he did criminally. Moves in... This is excessive. Then these four holdover prosecutors from the Mueller investigation decide to resign in a huff, in anger, because their work has totally been blown up now.
Moving in and reducing the sentence on Stone is the final move on blowing up everything having to do with Robert J. Mueller III and Andrew Weissmann and the rest of that bogus team with those phony FBI clowns and all of the subterfuge they engaged in to overturn the election results of 2016. There wasn't a single crime committed in anything they alleged.
RUSH: So I checked the email. "So what did Stone do, Rush? Can't you be more specific?" Okay. I'll tell you what Stone did, if you really want to know. You're gonna... (sigh) You're gonna demand more, but I'm gonna tell you what it is. Roger Stone's crime boils down to him having tweeted, "Congratulations to WikiLeaks" when they published the DNC emails.
That is basically it. That is how he made himself a target. He tweeted, "Congratulations." That let them zero in on, "What did he know? Was he part of it? Did he facilitate making them available? Did he tell Trump in advance that WikiLeaks had the DNC emails?" His crimes are all process crimes. Roger Stone's crimes are process crimes. He mixed up some dates in his posts, in his tweets.
He was never charged with anything involving the Russians or election meddling, folks. Roger Stone was never charged with anything that had to do with the Mueller team being constituted and put together in the first place. Now, the average sentence for rape in this country is four years. The average sentence for armed robbery is three years.
If you beat somebody up while snatching their purse or wallet, that's a year and a half to two years. Roger Stone was given seven to nine years for essentially tweeting, "Congratulations" to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks when they published the DNC emails. This sentence, this seven- to nine-year sentence is proof beyond any shadow of a doubt of the vindictiveness of the Mueller team and their last-gasp effort to make what they did seem relevant.
Forty FBI agents, folks -- 40 FBI agents who knew there was nothing to the case. What did they do? Robert J. Mueller III, who knew there was nothing to the case, Andrew Weissmann who knew there was nothing to the case, and the other 15 Hillary lawyers on that team who knew there was nothing to the case, what did they do? Why, they snared Roger Stone, and they set up essentially an obstruction of justice impeachment case for the House Democrats because they didn't have collusion.
So they had to manufacture obstruction -- and that blew up on 'em! That's why they had to go to that Ukraine phone call. Nothing to do with Mueller, nothing to do with Stone, nothing to do with Manafort. And they're trying to do the same thing to General Flynn. That is another thing. "No, we can't criticize Vindman! Oh, no! He's decorated military. We can't criticize Vindman."
We can certainly lie about General Flynn and try to put him in jail.
Barr's had enough of it, folks. So has Trump. So should we all.