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District Court Judge: ‘Public Criticism’ Will Not Impact Roger Stone Sentencing

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Deanna Wagner | 14 February, 2020, 21:55

The Justice Department move to back away from the sentencing recommendation prompted the four attorneys who prosecuted Stone to quit the case.

Pelosi accused Trump of interfering with the justice system by seeking a lighter sentence for Stone and blasted Barr for overriding the career prosecutors on Stone's case. Former National Security Adviser John Bolton is to publish a book next month detailing his time in the White House including criticism of Trump actions such as his decision to withhold military assistance while seeking a political favor from Ukraine. "Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the "Justice" Department", Trump tweeted.

The sentencing advice got here after Stone used to be convicted of fees together with witness tampering, mendacity to Congress and obstruction of a House probe, which resulted from his involvement within the FBI's investigation into whether or not Trump's 2016 marketing campaign coordinated with Russian Federation officers to persuade the presidential election.

Further raising questions about Barr's role, Trump tweeted on Wednesday praising the attorney general for "taking charge" of the case - despite the attorney general having not weighed in on it publicly.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham said in a statement that Barr "has my complete confidence" and "is the right man at the right time to reform the department and stand up for the Rule of Law".

Trump remarked to reporters Wednesday that the prosecutors "hit the road pretty quickly" after Justice signaled it would cut their recommended sentence.

The controversy comes about a week after the Senate acquitted Trump of impeachment charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to pressure on Ukraine to announce investigations, including into Trump's political opponent Joe Biden.

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Jackson, who's due to sentence Stone on February 20, disagreed. "He has the right to do it - he just didn't", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News.

In the latest case, he used his Twitter pulpit to speak out in defence of veteran Republican consultant Stone.

Last November, Stone - President Donald Trump's longtime friend and former campaign adviser - was tried and found guilty of all charges in the seven-count indictment brought against him by former special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Jessie Liu, the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, has resigned from the Treasury Department after having her nomination to a new post in the department withdrawn by the President, CNN reported citing an unnamed administration official.

Trump Jr. went on to blast his father's ally for being "stupid" to lie.

Barr said he was "of course" prepared to deal with any ramifications from the president for his comments. He said the president has expressed criticism of the judge who is overseeing Stone's punishment.

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