Pelosi: Justice Department's Roger Stone Intervention an 'Abuse of Power'

William Barr

"This is a frightful and very unfair situation", Trump tweeted Tuesday. The DOJ filed a memo the next day that said Stone should be given jail time but asked for a sentence "far less" than the recommended time. Even so, the departures of the entire trial team broke open a simmering dispute over the punishment of a Trump ally whose case has long captured the Republican president's attention. This turn has come within a week of the Senate GOP refusing to hold Trump accountable for his impeachable offenses.

"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.

After the department indicated it would overrule the prosecutors, Trump tweeted congratulations to Barr "for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have been brought", suggesting the prosecutors had gone rogue.

But, historically, and for very good reason, both the Department of Justice and the White House have had strict policies that bar in most circumstances communications between the White House and the Department of Justice about individual decisions in individual cases. He said Stone had been treated badly but declined to say whether he was considering pardoning him.

"Recent actions by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, a component of the United States Department of Justice, raise serious questions about whether the Department of Justice is making prosecutorial decisions based not on neutral principles but in order to protect President [Donald] Trump's supporters and friends", the Bar Association wrote.

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Stone is scheduled to be sentenced on February 20.

A call to investigate the Justice Department's reversal on Roger Stone's recommended sentence for lying to Congress and obstruction has over 109,000 signatures on a MoveOn.org petition.

Fox News' Andrew Napolitano says President Donald Trump's former adviser, Roger Stone, is "absolutely entitled" to a new trial.

After mentioning Stone and Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted in a separate trial stemming from the Mueller investigation, Burr told Reuters on Wednesday: "I've investigated these guys, and they're all bad". "He claims an absolute right to order the Justice Department to do whatever he wants".

Stone said, "Prepare to die", referring to Mr. Credico with a sexual vulgarity and threatened to "take that dog away from you", according to court records. With lawyer Robert Trout, she represented former Louisiana congressman William Jefferson on corruption charges after a search turned up $90,000 in cash stashed in the Democrat's freezer.

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