Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik Tuesday argued against a strict sentence for President Donald Trump's longtime friend Roger Stone, pointing out to Newsmax TV that Stone, a first-time nonviolent offender, should not face the prosecutors' recommendation of 7-9 years in prison.
"I think what a lot of people don't realize is that the Department of Justice and the attorney general oversee those prosecutors' offices," Kerik told "Newsmax Now" host John Bachman. "Number two, the sentence recommendation by those prosecutors to the judge completely contradicts the policies of the DOJ and the president when it comes to criminal justice reform. This was a first-time, non-violent offense and they're talking 7-9 years? You're putting terrorists in prison for 8."
The DOJ said it will curtail the sentencing recommendation after Trump sharply criticized it on Twitter. As a result, all four federal prosecutors in the case — Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, Jonathan Kravis, Adam Jed, and Mike Marando — stepped down after their sentencing recommendation was rejected, reports CNN.
Kerik said that putting Stone in prison for 7-9 years would have been "completely out of whack" and called such a sentence "draconian."
"Bad people do bad things, and they do belong in prison," said Kerik. "Roger Stone does not belong in prison."
Kerik also said he believes Trump is considering either pardoning or commuting sentences for both Stone and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"Flynn was set up by the government," said Kerik. "All you have to do is ask [Former FBI] director [James] Comey. He'll tell you that himself; he's already admitted it."
Kerik also discussed former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's reversal on the matter of stop and frisk laws.
"You can't abuse it," said Kerik. "Just throwing people up on the wall and searching them. It's a violation of law. You can't do it, you have to have a suspicion, a reason to believe that they're doing something wrong or they're carrying a weapon."
He also commented on the ongoing issues between the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying the mayor has been "at war" with the police since his earliest days running for the office.
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