Trump praises Barr after prosecutors quit Roger Stone case

Facing stiff sentence Trump adviser Stone seeks new trial

Facing stiff sentence Trump adviser Stone seeks new trial

"But given how compromised disgraced Attorney General William Barr is, we can not trust the Justice Department to correct its course".

Roger Stone exits federal court in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.

Then, she accused Barr of lying to the House Appropriations Committee when he said he had no knowledge of any concerns former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators had about Barr's now-infamous four-page summary of the report.

Trump on Wednesday thanked Attorney General William Barr, a political loyalist he appointed a year ago, for "taking charge" of the case.

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.

According to congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), impeachment is still not off the table after the Justice Department intervened on behalf of Republican operative Roger Stone.

Hours later, a new justice department court filing cut the prosecutor's sentence recommendation and sought to rebut their arguments, suggesting that the proposed sentence was too harsh. He called their sentencing recommendation "horrible" and a "miscarriage of justice".

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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.

Last year, Stone was convicted on seven criminal counts, including witness tampering.

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. He is due to be sentenced on February 20. The move sent shockwaves through Washington and prompted all four prosecutors to quit the case, with one leaving the department altogether.

The decision to overrule prosecutors in the Stone case. The burden is on Barr to prove that the Justice Department wasn't doing the president's bidding.

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".

On Thursday, Barr said he was "a little surprised" that the prosecutors had stepped down, and told ABC News that it was "preposterous" to characterize his role in the developments this week as an intervention.

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