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Stone, DOJ Prosecutors Ordered to Appear at Phone Hearing

The D.C. judge overseeing the trial of President Donald Trump’s longtime friend and confidant Roger Stone has ordered his legal team and federal prosecutors to appear at a phone hearing this Tuesday, reports Politico.

District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Sunday ordered the hearing, a move that follows the withdrawal of four Justice Department prosecutors from the case and revelations that the jury foreperson at Stone’s federal trial had been actively opposed to Trump.

The foreperson, Tomeka Hart, donated $100 to Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign just days before the jury she led found Stone guilty of witness tampering and lying to Congress, among other things, in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Moscow.

The DOJ prosecutors withdrew from the case after Attorney General William Barr overrode their recommendation of a seven- to nine-year prison sentence, not long after Trump tweeted out his objections.

Barr has since faced accusations of political interference, with more than 1,100 former prosecutors and officials pressing for him to step down.

Stone is set for sentencing Thursday, though whether it will proceed remains unclear. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., believes Stone should get a new trial given the revelations about Hart, the foreperson.

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