Trump thanks Justice Department for softening sentence request for ally Roger Stone

Saturday, 15 Feb, 2020

The top judge on the U.S. District Court in Washington said in an unusual public statement on Thursday that public criticism "is not a factor" in sentencing decisions, after President Donald Trump took aim at a judge from her court who is overseeing longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone's criminal trial.

Malcolm replied, "Ever since the Watergate era, there has been a sort of understanding that the White House is supposed to be hands-off with respect to what the Department of Justice does, particularly in politically sensitive investigations".

Gen. William Barr needs to be open about the chain of events when he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee next month.

"We don't wake up in the morning wanting to impeach him", stated Swalwell.

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.

"Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought", Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Justice Department officials and the White House said Trump did not influence that decision. Senate Democrats have demanded Barr either resign or face impeachment for intervening in Stone's case.

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Malcolm added, "Judge Jackson will give the sentence she feels is appropriate on February 20th, and then President Trump will do whatever President Trump wants to do".

Stone instead of the prosecutors' request of a punishment of seven to nine years. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Barr had "stooped to such levels" and that "the American people deserve better".

"I think if the attorney general says it's getting in the way of doing his job, maybe the president should listen to the attorney general", McConnell told Fox News. "Stepping down of prosecutors should be commended & actions of DOJ should be investigated", tweeted Pelosi.

Chuck Schumer, the party's leader in the Senate, asked the Justice Department's internal watchdog to investigate, and Sen.

Additionally, Hart had argued on social media that the president and his supporters are "racist" and even spoke favorably about the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, which resulted in Stone's indictment. The gulf between the prosecutors and their Justice Department superiors burst into public view the week before Mr.

"It is incumbent upon public officials and members of the legal profession, whose sworn duty it is to uphold the law, to do everything in their power to preserve the integrity of the justice system", Perry Martinez said in the ABA statement.