Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Barr agrees to testify before House Judiciary Committee in March, Nadler says

Barr agrees to testify before House Judiciary Committee in March, Nadler says

The letter cites complaints regarding Rudy Guiliani's "process" of feeding the Department of Justice information "about the President's political rivals", the reduced sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone and the removal of U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu who oversaw the prosecution of Stone, Rick Gates and Michael Flynn.

"No, because he undermines the ability of his Justice Department to function", McCarthy said, arguing that Trump's tweets on Justice Department matters could have unintended consequences.

And by early yesterday, he had tweeted a congratulations to Attorney General William Barr "for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have been brought", suggesting the prosecutors had gone rogue.

One Democrat said Wednesday that Attorney General Bill Barr should step down.

Hart declared Wednesday that she was going to "stand up" for the prosecutors pushing for a seven to nine-year imprisonment for the 67-year-old first-time offender convicted on obstruction of a congressional investigation and witness tampering. President Trump told reporters he did not instruct the DOJ to intervene in the case, but said the original proposed sentence - along with the prosecution of Stone - was "ridiculous".

Now, Stone has been recommended for a prison sentence of 7-9 years by prosecutors in the case.

The big picture: Liu was confirmed in September 2017 to lead the largest US attorney's office in the country, overseeing a number of politically charged prosecutions that included the case against Trump associates Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and other spinoffs from the Mueller investigation.

Dershowitz, who recently found himself back in a white-hot spotlight for assisting President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team, said of the Stone dust-up: "Maybe this will alert the public to the awful injustices going on every day in our justice system".

Democrats in the GOP-led Senate also called Wednesday for an investigation in the upper chamber into the DOJ recommending an amended sentence for Stone, with some even calling for Attorney General Barr to resign over the matter.

Hours after Trump declared the sentence "horrible and very unfair", the Department announced it would seek a shorter imprisonment.

Stone's motion for a new trial was denied by the judge in his case in a ruling unsealed on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, officials in Washington are speaking out on the fallout of the Justice Department's intervention in the case. A Justice Department official confirmed Barr plans to appear.

That is why the Justice Department's inspector general must investigate this episode and why Atty. Barr will testify to the House Judiciary Committee on March 31, the panel's chairman Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, said in a letter to the attorney general.

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