Did the Justice Department cave to Trump on Roger Stone?

Did the Justice Department cave to Trump on Roger Stone?”

U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell issued a statement largely interpreted as a rebuke of President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr's attempts to interfere with the sentencing of Trump's longtime friend and political confidante Roger Stone.

Trump nominated the prosecutor on January 6 to become Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, while she was still serving as the US attorney for an office handling several high-profile political cases including those of Michael Flynn and Roger Stone.

Barr joined a roster of high level aides who have publicly criticized Trump, thought the rest left the job first.

Stone was convicted last November of lying to Congress and tampering with a witness to prevent investigators from learning how the 2016 Trump campaign tried to benefit from stolen Democratic Party e-mails. Kravis told the court in a filing he was not only leaving the case but quitting his post as a federal prosecutor.

The attorney general has said it's making it hard for him to do his job.

Justice Department officials and the White House said Trump did not influence that decision.

Upset with the department's fresh recommendation, the four prosecutors handling the case withdrew on Wednesday, with one resigning from his position altogether. The move coincided with Mr. Trump's declaration on Twitter early Tuesday that the government was treating Mr.

"I hate to keep saying the same thing", McConnell said.

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It is extremely rare for Justice Department leaders to reverse the decision of prosecutors on a sentencing recommendation, particularly after that recommendation has been submitted to the court. "I think the attorney general knows what he is talking about". Stone argued that a juror who shouldn't have been on the jury heard the case, but Jackson said Stone failed to establish "inherent bias".

He added: "You have murderers and drug addicts that don't get nine years. And I didn't speak to them by the way, just so you understand", Mr Trump said.

Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would not call Mr Barr to testify about the revised sentencing decision.

Democrats have called for an investigation into the DOJ's actions.

"There should be an investigation", Ms Pelosi said.

The controversy has also triggered fresh scrutiny from Democrats over the role of Mr Barr, the Justice Department's top official, who has previously been accused of acting in a partisan way to protect Mr Trump.

Overnight Tuesday, in a string of tweets, President Trump labeled the recommendations grossly unfair and directly questioned the integrity of the presiding judge - using her name, ignoring the fact that the judge has a lengthy record of bipartisan rulings.

Republican senators, who almost all voted to acquit Mr 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.

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