Former US Attorney who oversaw Roger Stone case resigns

Trump Swamps DOJ

Trump Swamps DOJ

Trump went directly to insist that his tweets didn't quantity to political interference and insisted that he had now not mentioned the subject with the dept. Which is one of the reasons Trump's interference was unnecessary.

Further raising questions about Barr's role, Trump tweeted on Wednesday praising the attorney general for "taking charge" of the case - despite the attorney general having not weighed in on it publicly.

The Justice Department said officials made the decision to change the sentencing recommendation before Trump's tweet, and Trump himself said Tuesday that "I have not been involved in it at all". All of the prosecutors in Stone's case resigned in response to the new recommendation. And I want to thank, if you look at what happened, I want to thank the Justice Department for seeing this, this terrible thing.

"Asked during an interview with Fox News's Bret Baier about Barr's comments, McConnell said that "the president should listen to his advice".

Earlier in the day, a federal judge rejected a request by Stone for a new trial, according to a court filing released.

"Trump is going around getting even with people".

Stone was convicted of seven crimes including obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering in November.

Following standard, vetted federal sentencing guidelines, the prosecutors had recommend Stone be sentenced 7 to 9 years.

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

What the prosecutors had recommended for Stone was just a recommendation, not an actual sentence.

Meanwhile, the Chief Judge of the D.C. District Court, Beryl A. Howell, also did something unusual: She issued a statement Thursday on the firestorm around the sentencing.

Several Republicans said Trump should not have shared his opinion about the Stone case. The frustration that I feel, the president feels, all these people, they all get the book thrown at them. You have some of the most serious frightful rapists and everything else. However, Frenkel said he believed prosecutors' resignations came because they felt they had been "undermined" by Shea's reversal.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham said in a statement that Barr "has my complete confidence" and "is the right man at the right time to reform the department and stand up for the Rule of Law".

He has previously been criticised by Democrats and legal experts for seeming to assist Trump during the independent investigation into whether the president was helped by a Russian influence campaign during the 2016 election. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for the Justice Department's inspector general to step in.

"There should be an investigation", said House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress.

Carlson has called on the president to pardon Stone for almost a year, per The Daily Beast, and has done a series of segments devoted on calling Trump to do just that.

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