Trump praises Barr, attacks prosecutors in Roger Stone case

Trump praises Barr, attacks prosecutors in Roger Stone case

Trump praises Barr, attacks prosecutors in Roger Stone case

Earlier this week, Trump insulted the career Justice Department attorneys who handled the Stone case, saying they had been "exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence" and insinuating that they were "Mueller people". He faced 25 years in prison, but only received five and ultimately served 44 months.

Barr last appeared before Congress on May 1, 2019.

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"The Justice Department has the obligation to have an open door to anybody who wishes to provide us information that they think is relevant".

This comes as a judge has indefinitely postponed the sentencing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, even though Flynn has already pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Mr. Trump was back on the attack late Tuesday, slamming the original sentencing recommendation and questioning the judge overseeing the Stone case.

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

Stone was convicted in November of tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the 2016 election.

The key difference between Stone's and other cases is he also went down for obstruction and tampering with witnesses.

He has not spoken with the prosecutors, he added.

In their revised sentencing memo, Justice Department officials argued the initial recommendation could be "considered excessive and unwarranted under the circumstances" but also said they would defer to the court.

"A sentence of nine years is unreasonable", he said.

"The president is claiming that rigging the rules is perfectly legitimate", Schumer said Wednesday from the Senate floor.

"It is the duty of the judge to ensure that both the government and the defendant get a fair trial", Napolitano said. "The threats look like lunatic rantings by Stone".

Still, prosecutors often ask judges to throw the book at defendants who roll the dice on a trial rather than plead guilty.

Was the president involved in the decision? But OK, even if you determine the President did something wrong, what are you going to do?

In an interview with ABC News, Barr provided a robust defense of the department's rank-and-file and said Trump's online missives made it "impossible" to do his job.

Hours later, the Justice Department abandoned the recommendation, prompting all four prosecutors to quit the case.

Stone's supporters are pushing for a presidential pardon, which Trump has declined to comment on.

Four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone resigned on Tuesday after the Justice Department said it would reduce the long-time Trump adviser's recommended prison sentence - a decision which raised eyebrows about caving to pressure under the United States president.

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

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