Roger Stone, longtime political ally of US President Donald Trump, arrives for his arraignment at US District Court in Washington, DC [File: Leah Millis/Reuters]

The United States Justice Department said Tuesday it will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone, an announcement that came just hours after President Donald Trump complained that the recommended sentence for his longtime ally and confidant was “very horrible and unfair”.

The move prompted nearly immediate protest from all four prosecutors on the case. Prosecutors Michael Marando, Aaron Zelinsky, John Crabb and Jonathan Kravis, who won Stone’s conviction, withdrew from the case. Kravis told the court in a filing he was not only leaving the case but quitting his post

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