Roger stone case: Four prosecutors quit after interference

William Barr

But Trump's outrageous comments about the original sentence recommendation - and his history of interfering in the administration of justice - require that the decision be investigated.

Democrats plan to ask Barr about the department's decision to overrule four federal prosecutors on the amount of prison time recommended for Stone. Liu had stepped down from her U.S. Attorney position after being nominated to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes but her nomination was withdrawn, the White House said on Wednesday. Even so, the departures of the entire trial team broke open a simmering dispute over the punishment of a Trump ally whose case has long captured the Republican president's attention.

"T$3 his appears from all external circumstances to be an instance of President Trump and Attorney General Barr acting in concert to protect Stone from punishment", the letter stated. He said Stone had been treated badly but declined to say whether he was considering pardoning him.

What he wants to figure out this time is whether the President influenced the Justice Department's recommended sentence for Trump's friend, Roger Stone.

The House Judiciary Committee will grill Mr. Barr about his role in the Stone case March 31.

Roger Stone (L) with his wife Nydia Stone leaves federal court in Washington on November 15, 2019.

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

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The Justice Department said the sentencing recommendation was made Monday night before Trump's tweet and prosecutors had not spoken to the White House about it.

Trump stepped up his criticism of DOJ prosecutors on Thursday concerning Stone's criminal trial after it was reported that the jury foreperson had posted anti-Trump and anti-Stone messages online.

The key difference between Stone's and other cases is he also went down for obstruction and tampering with witnesses. Four prosecutors withdrew from the case and one resigned from the department.

"I can not do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me", Barr said.

In Congress, House judiciary committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, said he would probe the reversal.

The Democrats said Barr has "engaged in a pattern of conduct in legal matters relating to the president that raises significant concerns", including several actions over the past week. "And the President has as his attorney general an enabler". "But we're not going to let him just torch this democracy because he thinks that he's been let off once and we're not going to do something about it", Swalwell said. Barr told reporters earlier this week. The person, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said prosecutors had told the department to expect a recommendation for a shorter sentence.

"The bottom line is, if it had not been for their involvement with someone who got involved in politics and wound up winning the presidency, they never would have been charged", he added.

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