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A bombshell report published by Fox News on Wednesday revealed that Tomeka Hart, a former Memphis City Schools Board member who served as the lead juror in the trial of former Trump confidant Roger Stone, has a long history of Democratic Party activism and “anti-Trump, left-wing social media posts.”
According to the network, Hart has even gone as far as posting about Stone’s case before voting to convict him on obstruction of justice charges. Fox’s Gregg Re noted Hart “retweeted an argument mocking those who considered Stone’s dramatic arrest in a predawn raid by a federal tactical team to be excessive force.”
Additionally, Hart had argued on social media that the president and his supporters are “racist” and even spoke favorably about the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, which resulted in Stone’s indictment.
Fox also reported that the justice who presided over Stone’s trial, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, previously denied a request by the Republican operative’s defense team to strike a juror who was said to be an “Obama-era press official with admitted anti-Trump views.” The juror’s husband also worked at the same Justice Department division that handled the criminal probe that led to Stone’s arrest.
Meanwhile, according to federal election data, another juror in the Stone trial, Seth Collins, had previously donated to former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and other left-wing causes.
As TheBlaze reported Wednesday, the revelations regarding the political biases of several Stone jurors emerged as President Trump blasted his recommended sentence of up to nine years in prison as “ridiculous” and an “insult to our country.”
“This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!”
The Department of Justice amended the sentencing recommendation earlier in the week, arguing the previous seven-to-nine-years guideline “could be considered excessive and unwarranted.” This prompted the four prosecutors involved with the sentencing negotiations to step down from the case.
Stone was found guilty in November on five counts of lying to Congress, one count of obstructing a congressional investigation, and one count of witness tampering. He is expected to be sentenced next week.