Did the Justice Department cave to Trump on Roger Stone?

Did the Justice Department cave to Trump on Roger Stone?

Did the Justice Department cave to Trump on Roger Stone?

All four USA prosecutors who backed a seven-to-nine year prison stay for Stone resigned from the case on Tuesday after the Justice Department criticized their findings and cut the recommended sentence by more than half.

Trump Jr. further claimed on-air that Stone, during the time of President Donald Trump's campaign for the White House, was - more or less - throwing darts in a dark room.

President Trump and the Justice Department said there was no communication over the sentencing issue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Barr had "stooped to such levels" and that "the American people deserve better".

Following the DOJ's intervention, prosecutors Michael Marando, Aaron Zelinsky, John Crabb and Jonathan Kravis, who won Stone's conviction, all withdrew from the case.

Democrats have reportedly called for new investigations and oversight into President Trump, but they are ultimately struggling to figure out what to do next after their impeachment effort failed last week.

"I do not regret the acquittal vote".

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.

Speaking to reporters later at the White House, Trump thanked Justice Department officials for retracting the prison term recommendation. "Whether she will pay any attention to his tweets, or whether that will stiffen her spine and make her want to sentence Roger Stone to something higher, that is completely up to Judge Jackson".

Stone is a flamboyant political operative - a self-described "dirty trickster" - who was convicted a year ago of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a congressional investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Stone was to be sentenced for trying to sabotage a congressional investigation that had posed a threat to the president.

Barr also confirmed that he had already made the decision to change the sentencing recommendation before Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning that the lengthy prison recommendation was a "miscarriage of justice," but admitted the tweet put him into a predicament. This prompted the four prosecutors involved with the sentencing negotiations to step down from the case.

"I think if the attorney general says it's getting in the way of doing his job, maybe the president should listen to the attorney general", McConnell told Fox News.

Trump has denied that his tweets criticizing the initial recommendation from federal prosecutors constituted political interference.

The White House declined to comment on Liu's nomination or to say whether Trump would pardon Stone or Flynn. And Rep. Ted Lieu, a fellow Democrat on the committee, said there would be hearings on the matter. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, said Barr should resign or face impeachment.

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

In an interview Wednesday, the California lawmaker said he agreed with Stone's sentence and he shouldn't be treated differently than anyone else who went to trial.

"I'm not disturbed about it at all", Sen.

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