Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump thanks Justice Department for softening sentence request for ally Roger Stone

Trump thanks Justice Department for softening sentence request for ally Roger Stone

All four federal prosecutors who ran Stone's trial abruptly withdrew from the case after Justice Department leadership intervened to alter the sentencing recommendation later on Tuesday.

The White House said Trump was not bothered by Barr's remarks.

"It has everything to do with these prosecutors who are acting like their own little team, independent of the rule of law, to target President Trump, to try to vindicate the Mueller scam and slap at Trump after his vindication by acquittal in the impeachment thing".

Stone is a flamboyant political operative - a self-described "dirty trickster" - who was convicted past year of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a congressional investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News on Thursday, Attorney General Bill Barr told fiercely defended his actions in the case and said the Justice Department's reversal on Stone's sentencing recommendation had nothing to do with the president. This prompted the four prosecutors involved with the sentencing negotiations to step down from the case.

As TheBlaze reported Wednesday, the revelations regarding the political biases of several Stone jurors emerged as President Trump blasted his recommended sentence of up to nine years in prison as "ridiculous" and an "insult to our country".

The White House said officials have "full faith" in Barr after his comments. Other Democrats accused Trump of purging the USA government of perceived enemies following his acquittal on impeachment charges last week. He also tweeted criticism of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is scheduled to sentence Stone on February 20.

Mr. Stone was convicted past year of seven felonies because he used the e-mails hacked by Russian Federation to help the Trump campaign, and lied about it.

For what it's worth, Trump's DOJ and Judiciary-related tweets appear to be rankling even some of his most stalwart allies. "And that just sort of illustrates how disruptive these tweets can be", he said.

Chuck Schumer, the party's leader in the Senate, asked the Justice Department's internal watchdog to investigate, and Sen.

Unlike any president before him, Trump frequently uses social media to broadcast his opinions and decisions without going through traditional statements to the media.

Former U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu, who oversaw the Stone case, resigned from the Treasury Department this week after the White House dropped her nomination for a post overseeing economic sanctions, a source confirmed to Reuters on Thursday. "Senate Republicans told us he was going to get better, and he didn't", Democratic senator Sherrod Brown told reporters. She said Stone's defense lawyers had ample opportunity to challenge the juror "for cause" before the trial and failed to do so.

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