Thursday, 27 February, 2020

Trump Is 'Feeling Untouchable,' Advisers and Allies Say

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Travis Berry | 14 February, 2020, 00:23

The department said the sentence advisory was issued on Monday night, and that lawyers had not spoken to the White House about it.

"This is an abuse of power - that the president is again trying to manipulate federal law enforcement to serve his political interest", Pelosi, a Democrat, told a news conference. "It is so wrong".

Prosecutors from the Justice Department (DOJ) recommended to a judge this week that Stone be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison for seven counts, including obstructing a congressional investigation. However, their recommendation was overruled by the Justice Dept., who asked for a lighter sentence. The move sent shockwaves through Washington and prompted all four prosecutors to quit the case, with one leaving the department altogether.

Jackson this month also rejected Stone's request for a new trial.

The creation of a new "process" by which President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani can feed the Department of Justice information, through you, about the president's political rivals.

The White House and the Justice Department both denied that Mr Trump had influenced the decision to seek a shorter sentence. Stone for his out-of-court behavior, which included a social media post he made of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun.

"From the beginning, this has been a political prosecution", said Hurt, who is also the Washington Times' opinion editor.

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In their revised sentencing memo, Justice Department officials argued the initial recommendation could be "considered excessive and unwarranted under the circumstances" but also said they would defer to the court. She could not be immediately reached for comment.

Barr has agreed to testify March 31 before the House Judiciary Committee.

And when that's broken down, whether it's through actual direct phone calls or conversations or through publicly making statements, as the president has done, really excoriating the recommendation and calling on DOJ leadership to do something about it, and then, of course, thanking them for doing something about it, either way, that sort of violates these internal guidance that are there for good reasons.

The tampering charge, which prosecutors said warranted the harsher penalty, stemmed from Stone threatening his former friend Randy Credico and his former friend's dog if Mr. Credico testified before Congress.

Republicans in Congress have largely shrugged off the furor. Stone's supporters are pushing for presidential pardon, something Trump declined to discuss when asked by reporters on Wednesday.

Stone was convicted in November of a seven-count indictment that accused him of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the 2016 election.

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