Did the Justice Department cave to Trump on Roger Stone?
Did the Justice Department cave to Trump on Roger Stone?
National AG Barr on Trump tweets: 'Impossible for me to do my job'
15 February, 2020, 00:25
On Tuesday, Trump complained on Twitter about the seven-to-nine-year sentence prosecutors recommended for Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House's investigation into the Trump campaign's connections to Russian Federation, saying the sentence constituted a "horrible and very unfair situation".
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the Department of Justice getting involved in the sentencing in the Roger Stone case is "an abuse of power".
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to newshounds all the way through a gathering with President of the Republic of Ecuador Lenín Moreno, within the Oval Office on the White House, on February 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Republican lawmakers, who almost all voted to acquit Trump of impeachment charges, offered muted criticism of the president but shrugged off suggestions they should investigate whether his political concerns were influencing law enforcement.
Upset with the department's fresh recommendation, the four prosecutors handling the case withdrew on Wednesday, with one resigning from his position altogether.
Stone is still awaiting sentencing, and earlier this week, federal prosecutors recommended he serve seven to nine years in prison.
"The President has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law", White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice made a highly scrutinized decision to overrule the sentencing recommendation made by the federal prosecutors who successfully convicted Stone of all counts brought against him by Mueller's team.
Fired FBI Director James Comey blown up Barr's choice to step in on the violent as well as extreme Roger Stone sentencing referral passed on by Mueller's uneven district attorneys. Susan Collins, who said last week that she thought Trump would moderate his behaviour after impeachment.
Malcolm estimated, "I don't think the president did anything wrong", adding, "I don't think, particularly, he did Roger Stone any favors".
Murkowski says Barr is expected to sit in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Former U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu, who oversaw the Stone case, resigned from the Treasury Department this week after the White House dropped her nomination for a post overseeing economic sanctions, a source confirmed to Reuters on Thursday.
Stone is a flamboyant political operative - a self-described "dirty trickster" - who was convicted previous year of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a congressional investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Bruce Rogow, Stone's lawyer, declined to comment.
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