Trump praises Barr, attacks prosecutors in Roger Stone case

Roger stone case: Four prosecutors quit after interference

US President Donald Trump has declined to say whether he is considering pardoning longtime adviser Roger Stone, who was found guilty a year ago of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.

The Justice Department's highly unusual move, which came hours after Trump complained about the recommended sentence on Twitter, prompted all four US prosecutors to quit the case and Democrats to accuse Barr of political interference.

In a highly unusual override of a Justice Department recommendation, an official who had not previously worked on the case called the recommendation "excessive and unwarranted" and said that the department would not make a formal recommendation.

Last November, Stone was convicted of seven counts, including lying to Congress and tampering with a witness to prevent investigators from obtaining evidence on how the 2016 Trump campaign tried to benefit from stolen Democratic Party emails.

The shakeup came after the DOJ on Tuesday issued a revised sentencing memorandum (pdf) that didn't offer any prison term recommendations for Stone.

"Doing so would send an unmistakable message that President Trump will protect those who lie to Congress to cover up his own misconduct, and that the Attorney General will join him in that effort", the California Democrat said.

"The path is fraught with peril: peril for Roger, peril for the President and peril for us", Caputo told CNN.

Trump on Tuesday also withdrew the nomination of Jessie Liu, a former USA attorney in Washington whose office prosecuted Stone, for a new post in the Treasury Department. Stone's crimes and said it would file a new sentencing memo.

The length of jail time for Stone changed when the Department of Justice recommended significantly less time.

"Trump is going around getting even with people".

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Justice Department's internal watchdog to investigate, and senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, said Mr Barr should resign or face impeachment.

The White House also on Tuesday dropped a top prosecutor who oversaw Stone's case, withdrawing the nomination for Jessie Liu to serve in the Treasury Department. "But we're not going to let him just torch this democracy because he thinks that he's been let off once and we're not going to do something about it", Swalwell said.

According to a press release obtained by Law&Crime, the Pardon Roger J. Stone Committee is made up of Stone's "old friends" who are said to be "closing ranks around the Stone family" in anticipation of the Richard Nixon aficionado's sentencing date.

Other Republicans said they saw nothing wrong.

But he told the House committee in September 2017 that he never described to anyone involved in the Trump campaign his conversations with an intermediary to WikiLeaks.



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