There’s a “strong case” for a new trial for President Donald Trump's longtime friend and confidant Roger Stone, given revelations that the jury foreperson at his federal trial had been actively opposed to the president, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., told Newsmax TV on Friday.
In an interview on “Newsmax Now,” Collins said it’s time “we have a serious look at this.”
“There’s a strong case for it ... from what I’ve seen so far,” he declared.
The foreperson in question, Tomeka Hart, donated $100 to Californi Sen. Kamala Harris' presidential campaign just days before the jury she led found Stone guilty of all seven counts against him. Stone had been charged with 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.
She also admitted in a Facebook post that she was coming forward to support the four prosecutors who stepped down after their recommendation that Stone be sentenced to 7-9 years in prison was rejected by the Department of Justice.
According to Collins, Stone’s case was a waste of time and money.
“It’s time time to bring this plane in for a landing,” he said of the more-than-yearlong investigation. “It’s time to put this behind us, and … no president should have to go through this.”
Collins also said he was looking forward to the testimony of Attorney General William Barr before the House Judiciary Committee. Critics have accused Barr of yielding to Trump's will in cases including Stone's. It was Barr who nixed the initial sentencing recommendation for Stone, not long after Trump tweeted out his objections to it.
“We’re going to talk about where we’re at in these investigations,” he said. “It’s good to hve him actually be able to come.”
On another subject, Collins said he was “disappointed” in the decision by federal prosecutors not to charge former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, closing an investigation into whether he lied to federal officials about his involvement in a news media disclosure.
“He’s able to skirt around” the issue, Collins charged, blasting FBI leadership for having “ruined the FBI reputation, the Department of Justice reputation."
McCabe was being investigated by the DOJ regarding allegedly improper leaks to journalists tied to an inquiry into Trump rival Hillary Clinton, and his claims to investigators about the source of those leaks.
Collins, who intends to run for Georgia's Senate seat this November in a challenge against incumbent GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler, also brushed off opposition by the National Republican Senatorial Committee as “incumbent protection.”
“That’s the way Washington works,” he said. “We talk about issues that matter … and push back on the Democrats as well.”
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