MSNBC sounds the alarm on Bloomberg’s ‘doctored’ debate video mocking 2020 Dems

A segment on MSNBC Friday slammed former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg over a video he shared this week that was clearly mocking his debate opponents. The video has been described as “deceptively edited.”

During Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, Bloomberg was the target of several attacks, but the moment he touted his own business background had his opponents speechless.

“Maybe you want to talk about businesses. I think I’m the only one here who ever started a business, is that fair?” Bloomberg looked over at his opponents, none of whom responded.

A moment later, Bloomberg quipped, “OK,” and carried on with his remarks.

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Bloomberg had some fun on Thursday at the expense of his Democratic rivals, sharing a clip of that exchange but overtly embellished the response from the other candidates on the debate stage, showing blank facial expressions from Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders from Vermont and Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, over a lengthy 20 seconds with the sounds of crickets being heard throughout.

“Anyone?” Bloomberg captioned the tweet.

During a segment about Twitter’s latest crackdown in “disinformation,”  MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle slammed the Bloomberg campaign for sharing what she described as a “doctored” video.

“This isn’t just about rightwing conspiracies or something far to the left because just yesterday, Mike Bloomberg’s campaign played a doctored video from the debate,” Ruhle said.

Ruhle played a portion of the clip, which she claimed afterward to viewers “wasn’t true” and that the cricket noises were added for “dramatic effect.”

“The campaign has said it was tongue-in-cheek, but when somebody sends you that clip, that looks very good for the mayor and looks really bad for everyone else, and it’s not true,” Ruhle said.

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NBC News reporter Ben Collins also pushed back on the Bloomberg campaign for the video, which is something Collins said Twitter said would “flag” with the rollout of its new attempt to prevent the spread of disinformation.

“There was about a second or two of silence, not 20 seconds of silence or whatever, that’s the sort of thing, without the crickets, people might take seriously,” Collins told Ruhle. “And that’s how disinformation sort of steamrolls and if nobody is going to stop it, it can change narratives. It can change the outcome of the election. We’ve been there before.”

MSNBC wasn’t the only mainstream media outlet to blast Bloomberg, as CNN also called out the satirical video.

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“He’s making another mistake. His campaign [is] making another big one today and that is there’s a video that his campaign tweeted this morning, it’s gotten a million views — that didn’t happen,” CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash had said. “It is a deceptively edited video.”

CNN then aired the entire clip, which Bash reminded viewers “didn’t happen.”

“His campaign is saying, ‘C’mon, it was tongue-in-cheek,’ but in today’s day and age where we are so concerned about things that are doctored, deep fakes on the Internet,” Bash added.

Newt Gingrich: 2 winners and 1 big loser in Democratic presidential debate

The amazingly combative – and perhaps personally destructive – debate among six Democratic presidential candidates Wednesday night in Las Vegas produced two winners and a big loser.

The biggest winner was President Trump.

There is a huge stature gap between the president’s recent speeches and rallies and the petty bickering and bitter attacks we saw on the debate stage. It will be easy for voters to differentiate the powerful incumbent and the confused, tiny opponents yammering in the background.

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The Democrats in the debate Wednesday in Las Vegas were: Self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg; former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

When Bloomberg said that Sanders would be a disaster in the general election, he gave the Trump reelection campaign a perfect ad for this fall if Sanders is the Democratic presidential nominee.

Every time the Democrats describe their more radical positions they further isolate themselves from the independent voters and moderate Democrats they need to defeat Trump in November.

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When the Democrats support gun confiscation, extremely late-term abortion, massive tax increases, taking away people’s private health insurance, the Buttigieg proposal to legalize heroin and methamphetamine, and Iranian terrorist commanders (over brave American soldiers), they lose more and more rational Americans.

The more you listen to the Democratic presidential candidates, the more you realize just how radical they have become. Real moderates have been driven from leadership positions and only exist on the sidelines as fossilized reminders of the Democratic Party that used to exist.

I’m not alone in this assessment. Several Democratic analysts watching the mess on stage said the big winner was President Trump. They were right.

The second big winner was Sanders. He won more votes in Iowa than anyone else. A fluke in the weird way Iowa counts delegates allowed Buttigieg to claim more state-level delegates, but the fact is that Sanders got more votes.

Sanders came in first in New Hampshire. Given the size of the crowds he is getting – and the recent polls – there is a good chance Sanders will win the Nevada caucuses Saturday.

The next major test for Sanders will be South Carolina a week later. The most recent polls show him within two points of Biden, who now is the front-runner in the state.

Since South Carolina is Biden’s supposed firewall, where his expected support from African-Americans is going to keep him in the race, it will be a catastrophic outcome for the former vice president if he finishes only one or two points ahead of Sanders.

And since there is plenty of time for people to digest the Nevada results, it is conceivable that a Sanders victory there will propel him to victory in South Carolina over Biden.

Further, if Sanders wins Nevada his national front-runner status will be so formidable that the other candidates may have to shift their attacks from Bloomberg to Sanders in the upcoming debate Tuesday in Charleston, S.C.

This position of strength means you have to score Sanders as the other winner in the Wednesday night debate in Las Vegas. Other than Bloomberg asserting that Sanders can’t win, no one really laid a glove on Sanders.

The intensely personal Buttigieg-Klobuchar exchange weakened both of them. By definition, this helped Sanders.

Every time Warren hammered Bloomberg, Sanders must have been smiling to himself. As a seasoned veteran, Bernie must have stood there and watched in amazement as his competitors gave him a pass and fought each other.

So if the president and the socialist had a good night, who was the big loser?

Well, Bloomberg was the most battered. Klobuchar and Buttigieg were the most childish. Warren was the most effective as the rage candidate, but she was ineffective at drawing votes to herself (rage drives people away, it doesn’t attract them). And Biden had a decent but inadequate night.

Clearly, the big loser was the Democratic Party.

Coming after the absurdity of the Iowa caucus meltdown – and with warnings that Nevada may also have counting problems – the Democrats do not need to look incompetent or deeply divided. Yet, incompetent division is exactly what came out of the Nevada debate.

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The simple fact is: There is a deep division between the socialist-radical wing of the Democratic Party (Sanders and Warren) and the capitalist-radical wing of the Democratic Party (everyone else).

It is a falsehood for the national media to suggest that any of the Democratic presidential candidates are moderates. They all espouse positions that are opposed by a substantial majority of Americans.

All the Democratic candidates represent an elite left-wing cultural view that believes America is a bad country of ignorant “deplorables.” They all believe their mission is to use government to profoundly change America – even if it is against the wishes of many millions of Americans.

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At the same time, this radical Democratic Party proved Wednesday night that it has no coherent policy for creating jobs, solving problems or defending America.

This is why the Democratic Party was the big loser.

To read, hear, and watch more of Newt Gingrich’s commentary, visit Gingrich360.com.

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Melania Trump honored by Palm Beach Atlantic University with ‘Woman of Distinction’ award

First Lady Melania Trump received a standing ovation as she took the stage to accept the award as Palm Beach Atlantic University’s (PBAU) 2020 “Woman of Distinction” on Thursday.

The private Christian university, located in West Palm Beach, Fla., usually honors two women per year who “cherish community and family and want to preserve these ideals for others,” it says. This year, Trump was the sole recipient.

The first lady, who switched her residence from New York City to Palm Beach along with her husband last year, said she was “grateful” to accept the award.

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As the recipient, the first lady highlighted her #BeBest public awareness campaign, which she said focuses on children’s well-being, online safety and opioid abuse.

“It’s our job as adults to pass along wisdom and build children’s confidence so they have the best opportunity to succeed in life,” Trump told a room full of about 550 people during the event. “Technology has become a daily part of children’s lives. We live in an age where too many people allow the number of retweets and ‘likes’ to define their self-worth.”

“When we teach our children to cherish our values and care for each other, they are better prepared to carry on Americans’ legacy of compassion, service and patriotism,” the first lady added.

Trump said she had met with tech companies such as Microsoft to discuss their work in creating safer online experiences for children, and that 48 states had recently signed online safety laws into action.

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Switching to the opioid abuse pillar of her Be Best campaign, Trump told the crowd she was “proud to announce” that for the first time in 29 years, drug overdose deaths have dropped by more than 4 percent, after her campaign had committed $6 billion to fight opioid abuse.

“America’s first lady has sounded the call for action,” PBAU President Bill Fleming said. “She serves as a role model with brilliance, elegance and grace.”

Bloomberg under fire for referring to transgender people as ‘some guy wearing a dress,’ using ‘it’ pronoun

Surging 2020 Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg is under fire for remarks he made about transgender people last year.

In March 2019, the former New York City mayor participated in a forum conducted by the Bermuda Business Development Agency, where he discussed how the political “establishment” has been losing worldwide and pointed to the election of President Trump as well as Brexit. He warned Democrats running for president at the time to not focus on issues that aren’t being talked about by the majority of Americans.

“If your conversation during a presidential election is about some guy wearing a dress and whether he, she, or it can go to the locker room with their daughter, that’s not a winning formula with most people,” Bloomberg said. “They care about health care, they care about education, they care about safety and all of those kinds of things. And some of these social issues … we’re focusing on a lot of things that have little relevance to people who are trying to live in a world that is changing because of technology, communications and things like that.”

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He continued, “So you can understand where somebody like Trump comes from. You can understand — if you look at the Democratic Party, they are so far left that two years ago, there was nobody on their side that would take these positions and today, virtually all of the candidates for president in the Democratic Party have been so progressive — I don’t know what progressive means, but they are in a place where some of the American public is. And it remains to be seen if the majority of the electorate is.”

A Bloomberg campaign spokesperson told Fox News, “Mike understands that the transgender community has been under attack for decades and the advance of rights has not been equal. In April 2002, during his first year as mayor, Mike signed a sweeping transgender civil rights bill into law. His company provides comprehensive healthcare coverage for his transgender employees. As president, he has a comprehensive plan to secure rights for transgender Americans, including passing the Equality Act, ensuring transgender people have access to affirming healthcare and working to end the crisis of violence against transgender women. Mike is running to defeat Donald Trump and reverse the many policies he has implemented that attack the rights of the transgender community.”

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While he has risen in the polls in recent weeks and secured a spot in the upcoming Democratic debates, the Bloomberg campaign has been on the defense over the billionaire’s past remarks defending stop and frisk, comments he allegedly made about women, and a clip critics say disparages farmers.

Meghan Markle was ‘jealous’ of Kate Middleton, estranged half-sister Samantha Markle claims

Samantha Markle, the estranged half-sister of Meghan Markle, recently claimed that the Duchess of Sussex was “jealous” of sister-in-law Kate Middleton.

Samantha further claimed that her half-sister purposefully ruined the Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday in January with the announcement that she made with Prince Harry, saying they were stepping back as senior members of the British royal family.

The shocking announcement came out on Jan. 8, while Kate’s birthday is Jan. 9. “Sad she would do that on Kate’s birthday – I believe she was jealous of beautiful Kate,” Samantha told the Daily Star Online on Monday.

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“She could never compare — Kate is iconic!” Samantha added. “Perfect Queen material and lovely as a family member, especially as a mother.”

Samantha also slammed Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, for allegedly trying to strike a business deal with Disney CEO Bob Iger at the UK premiere of “The Lion King” in July.

Samantha Markle bashed her half-sister Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in a new interview.

Samantha Markle bashed her half-sister Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in a new interview. (Getty, File)

“The Disney move would have been fine if initiated after leaving royal roles but seems inappropriate prematurely,” Samantha said. “And, disrespectful of royal protocol. It’s like cheating on a spouse and giving a phone number for a dinner date before being divorced.”

The 55-year-old also claimed that the former “Suits” actress used the royal family as a “launchpad” to help her career.

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“She kept her agent and manager and might have landed a Disney deal. It seems that the British royal family was a launchpad for high places that ‘Suits’ couldn’t get her,” Samantha said.

Meghan and Harry have since been spending the majority of their time in Canada with their 9-month-old son, Archie.

Buckingham Palace also announced at the time that the Sussexes will not be using their HRH royal titles (His/Her Royal Highness) anymore, and will not be receiving public funding in an effort to become financially independent.

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They also have intended to pay back some of the money they’ve recently spent — “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home,” a statement from Buckingham Palace read.

Harry and Meghan recently were spotted at a private JPMorgan event in Miami and visiting Stanford University in California.

Daytona 500 postponed to Monday afternoon following rain delays

NASCAR officials postponed the Daytona 500 to Monday afternoon, following a series of rain delays shortly after President Trump appeared at the race, told drivers to start their engines and rode a ceremonial parade lap in his presidential limousine, “The Beast.”

The race will resume Monday at 4 p.m. ET, officials said.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

Yang campaign will keep paying Freedom Dividend to families, despite campaign ending, official tells Fox

Andrew Yang may have dropped out of the presidential race, but the lucky families who earned his Freedom Dividend won’t be shortchanged.

Yang will continue the $1,000-per-month payments to 13 families across the country until the end of the 1-year commitment, Fox News has learned.

“Andrew is thrilled to continue offering our recipients the Freedom Dividend through the year, as promised,” Yang’s traveling press secretary Erick Sanchez told Fox News. “We’ve been pleased to see the money go to a variety of different needs ranging from medications to home repairs.”

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Yang, a New York businessman, ran an unconventional campaign that outlasted many seasoned politicians until dropping out Tuesday after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire. He stumped on an economic message of rebuilding the economy after scores of manufacturing and service jobs are lost due to automation.

He rose to popularity on his proposed fix of a “Freedom Dividend” — a universal basic income (UBI) that would pay each American adult $1,000 per month.

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To drive home his message, Yang started doling out freedom dividends to families in a trial run of the plan to three winners in Iowa, New Hampshire and Florida, respectively.

Then in a dramatic opening statement on the debate stage in Houston in September, Yang announced that 10 people nationwide would be chosen for the giveaway, paid for his campaign. That $120,000 commitment is still ongoing, as well.

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“When you donate money to a presidential campaign, what happens? The politicians spend the money on TV ads and consultants and you hope it works out,” Yang said. “It’s time to trust ourselves more than our politicians.”

“That’s why I’m going to do something unprecedented. My campaign will now give a Freedom Dividend of $1,000 a month for an entire year to 10 American families,” Yang added.

The gimmick helped Yang raise $1 million in the 72 hours afterward and collect more than 450,000 email addresses from people who entered the online raffle, Politico reported. But it also sent campaign finance lawyers questioning whether the giveaway was legal.

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But Yang’s campaign stood by the plan and said it will still be making the payments to those 10 winners.

It’s unclear what Yang will do next, but his campaign said he’ll continue to promote the need for every American to have a Freedom Dividend.

“Andrew will continue to be a fierce advocate for Universal Basic Income as we continue to see the impact of automation on the American workforce,” Sanchez added.

Banksy Valentine’s Day artwork found on England home

The ever-mysterious street artist Banksy is at it again.

A pop-up Valentine’s Day painting was found on the side of a home in Bristol, England, on Thursday, depicting a girl firing red flowers made with spray-painted ivy from a catapult.

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The unexpected art piece quickly became an attraction, as many believed the work to be of Banksy, the anonymous artist known for his often political street art.

Banksy added to the speculation on Friday when he posted an image of the artwork to his Instagram page at midnight.

Now efforts are being made to protect the “special” work from upcoming Storm Dennis and potential vandalism, the BBC reported.

“There’s so many people coming and enjoying it, taking pictures, it’s fantastic,” said Kelly Woodruff, whose father owns the property.

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“There’s been a lot of debate if it is a Banksy or not. Most people I’ve spoken to think it 100 percent is, and they’re naming it the Valentine’s Banksy,” she said. “It’s incredible and beautiful.”

Flowers placed on a road sign as part of the artwork had already been stolen, Woodruff said, and the protective plastic screen they placed over it on Thursday evening had been vandalized.

A woman walks past a new artwork on the side of a house in Bristol, England, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020, which has been confirmed as the work of street artist Banksy. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

A woman walks past a new artwork on the side of a house in Bristol, England, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020, which has been confirmed as the work of street artist Banksy. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

Woodruff has been advised by the Bristol City Council to get in touch with the International Fine Art Conservation Studios (IFACS) in Bristol for guidance.

Meanwhile, spectators can’t get enough of Banksy’s latest piece, which has garnered more than 1 million likes on Instagram.

“How has no one spotted a guy with a spray can and a set of ladder,” an Instagram user wrote, “what makes this guy great Is that he does it for art and not greed of money and fame.”

“Banksy is a living (still) underrated genius,” another fan gushed.

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What made the artwork even more special was that it was discovered on Woodruff’s father’s birthday.

“Thank you for making my dad’s birthday one to remember,” she wrote on Instagram. “Words can’t describe how excited we are.”

Homelessness in San Francisco: Here are the statistics

San Francisco, Calif., is just one example of what the growing homelessness crisis in America looks like. Drugs, mental illness and a lack of clear countermeasures have exacerbated the problem, generating national concern. Here is the breakdown by numbers.

The most recent homelessness survey for San Francisco happened in January 2019, according to the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.

It showed 8,035 people were experiencing homelessness in the city, a 17 percent increase from 2017.

The total number of unsheltered individuals was 5,180. Of the 2,855 people in shelters, 84 percent of them were in emergency shelter programs.

The same agency found there to be a 15 percent overall increase in homelessness within the city, from 2013 to 2019.

Persons with families that included minor children made up 8 percent of homeless residents. Five percent of the total population were under the age of 18.

Young adults, 18-24, accounted for 14 percent of the total, while 81 percent were over the age of 25.

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Thomas Wolf, part of the city’s Street-Level Drug Dealing Task Force, told the San Francisco Chronicle that nine out of 10 people he encountered living on the streets — of the Tenderloin and South of Market — were addicted to drugs or alcohol.

He said many people who are homeless choose free meals from soup kitchens, enabling them to spend their government checks on drugs. Wolf also claimed liquor stores in the Tenderloin offer “happy meals,” which consist of a $3 crack pipe and other paraphernalia, kept in brown bags under the counter.

In the summer of 2019, the city announced it was planning to open its first facility to serve those who are living out of their cars and recreational vehicles.

A parking lot was designated as the place for homeless people to park their cars overnight. They could also access bathrooms, showers and services to help them find permanent housing.

In November 2019, San Francisco voters passed Prop A, which allowed the city to issue $600 million in bonds for affordable housing.

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Mental health has also been considered a contributing factor to the homelessness crisis, prompting city lawmakers to vote for a pilot program in June that would force treatment on mentally ill drug addicts.

The city also made headlines for its homeless crisis last week, when it announced it would be opening a center for those experiencing methamphetamine-induced psychosis, The Associated Press reported.

A majority of the city’s 2019 homeless population, 65 percent, had been experiencing homelessness for over a year. That represents an increase of 59 percent from 2015, according to HSH.

A large majority of San Fransisco’s indigent populace, 73 percent, said they were receiving some type of government income.

Over 40 percent reported receiving CalFresh (food stamps) and/or WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children). 30 percent of respondents reported receiving County Adult Assistance Program (CAAP) or General Assistance (GA) benefits, and 17 percent reported receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), or SSDI (Disability).

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan and Travis Fedschun contributed to this report

New impeachment saga? CNN’s Jake Tapper asks if Roger Stone controversy will spark new inquiry against Trump

CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Wednesday pressed a leading House Democrat and asked if his colleagues are willing to impeach President Trump over his handling of the Roger Stone case, just one week after the president was acquitted by the Senate on two articles of impeachment over his conduct with Ukraine.

In his interview with Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., which heavily focused on the Stone case, Tapper asked if Democratic lawmakers are willing to impeach the president again.

“Might you impeach him over this, over Roger Stone and his sentencing?” Tapper asked.

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“You know, we’re not going to take our options off the table,” Swalwell said. “We don’t wake up in the morning wanting to impeach him, you know. We want to work with him on prescription drugs, background checks and infrastructure, but we’re not just going to let him torch this democracy because he thinks he’s been let off once and that we’re not going to do something about it.”

Trump denied interfering in Stone’s criminal case, a political storm over his looming sentencing, while declining to say whether he’d consider a pardon for the GOP political operative.

The president also continued to rail against federal prosecutors who had initially recommended a lengthy sentence for Stone, calling it a “disgrace.” He spoke out shortly before the Justice Department confirmed Attorney General Bill Barr will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31; Democrats on the panel have raised concerns over the department’s handling of the Stone case, among other issues.

Federal prosecutors had on Monday recommended a sentence of between 87 and 108 months in prison for Stone’s conviction on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

But in a stunning reversal, as Fox News first reported, leadership at the Justice Department (DOJ) overruled the prosecutors on the case, scaling back the proposed sentence for Stone, which immediately led Democrats to accuse Trump interfering in the process.

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“The fact is that Roger Stone was treated horribly and so were many other people,” Trump said. “Their lives were destroyed.”

He added: “Roger Stone — nobody even knows what he did… Frankly, they ought to apologize to a lot of people whose lives they’ve ruined.”

The president was asked Wednesday whether he’d consider extending a pardon to Stone, to which he replied: “I don’t want to say yet, but I tell you what, people were hurt viciously and badly by these corrupt people.”

“I want to thank the Justice Department — and I didn’t speak to them, by the way — they saw a nine-year sentence… nine years for something nobody can even define what he did,” Trump continued. “They put a man in jail, destroy his life, his family, his wife.”

He added: “Nine years in jail — it’s a disgrace. Meanwhile, [former FBI Director James] Comey walks around getting book deals, the people who launched the investigation.”

The president’s comments come after four of the prosecutors who had been on the Stone case abruptly withdrew in an apparent protest. One of the prosecutors even resigned from the Justice Department.

“I’m not concerned about anything,” Trump said, after claiming those prosecutors had gone “rogue” in an early morning tweet. “They should go back to school and learn because let me tell you, the way they treated people, no one should be treated that way.”

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A senior DOJ official confirmed to Fox News that senior leadership officials there made the call to reverse the initial sentencing recommendation, saying the filing on Monday evening was not only extreme but also substantially inconsistent with how the prosecutors had briefed DOJ leadership on how they would proceed on the case.

The “general communication” between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the main DOJ had led senior officials to expect a more moderate sentence, the official told Fox News.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Jake Gibson, David Spunt and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.