Saturday, 28 March, 2020


Federal Prosecutors Quit Roger Stone Case Amid Fight with DOJ Officials

"I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me" says Barr. — AFP File
Bennie Garza | 13 February, 2020, 20:06

He was the sixth former Trump aide to be convicted in cases stemming from Mueller's investigation.

Attorney General William Barr delivers remarks at the National Sheriffs' Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington on February 10, 2020.

In Congress, House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler said he would probe the reversal and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Justice Department's internal watchdog to investigate.

On Twitter, Trump referred to a Fox News story that accused some of the jurors in the case of political bias.

The DOJ officials stepped in after federal prosecutors recommended that Stone, who helped Trump's rise to power, face sentencing within federal guidelines of seven to nine years following his conviction on charges that include lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House of Representatives investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the 2016 election.

Stone, a self-proclaimed "dirty trickster", was convicted in November on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.

Hours after Mr. Trump's tweet, a Justice Department official called the original recommendation "extreme" and "grossly disproportionate" to Mr.

In tweets, Trump also targeted the judge in the case, who is set to make the final decision on Stone's sentence on February 20, while retweeting a post that urged a full pardon of Stone as well as another former Trump adviser, Michael Flynn.

The resignations raise questions over whether Trump had at least indirectly exerted his will on a Justice Department he often views as an arm of the White House.

As a result, all four prosecutors on the case resigned and Attorney General William Barr assumed direct control over Stone's case.

"I talked to somebody that had been inside the White House and they said that Trump is going to pardon Roger Stone but that he's going to do it after he's sentenced and that the president was really upset at the seven-to-nine year number", Jones said Tuesday on his InfoWars radio show. Kravis told the court in a filing he was not only leaving the case but quitting his post as a federal prosecutor. "These are, I guess, the same Mueller people that put everybody through hell and I think it's a disgrace", Trump said.

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Wednesday that while Democrats in the House of Representatives do not "wake up in the morning wanting to impeach" President Trump, no options are off the table in response to Roger Stone's new sentencing. He later told reporters he didn't speak to Justice Department officials, though he said he could if he wanted. He also assisted in the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Other Republicans said they saw nothing wrong.

Stone, a self-proclaimed "dirty trickster", was found guilty past year of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.

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