U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday that President Donald Trump's attacks on prosecutors, the judge and jurors in the trial of a longtime adviser undermined the Justice Department's work, adding he would not be "bullied" by anyone.
US Attorney General Bill Barr on Thursday delivered a highly unusual public rebuke of Donald Trump, saying the president's tweets were making his job at the Justice Department "impossible".
Trump's disdain for the rule of law and his refusal to be constrained to the ordinary rules that govern presidential behavior are well known.
A slightly redacted sealed order noted that Stone's request was related to one of the jurors in his trial being an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and, quite notably, nothing at all to do with recent revelations that another of his jurors was a former and failed Democratic Party congressional candidate.
"I don't like this chain of events where you have a ... proceeding, a sentencing, a recommended sentence, the president weighs in and all of the sudden Justice comes back, says 'change the deal.' I think most people would look at that and say 'hmm, that just doesn't look right.' And I think they're right", GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska mentioned on Wednesday. But after the President made it clear he thought Stone did nothing to deserve that much time, those four prosecutors resigned from the case.
The message from the organization of lawyers follows Trump's tweet early Tuesday morning calling the seven- to nine-year sentencing recommendation for Stone a "miscarriage of justice". However, Attorney General William Barr asked her to leave around February 1 to ensure continuity in the office, and she agreed.
Mr. Barr is set to testify in the House Judiciary Committee next month about the Stone case, marking an end to almost a yearlong standoff with Democrats who subpoenaed him for their other probes prior to the impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump.
"Despite the DOJ's statement that Trump had not directed it towards any action regarding Roger Stone, "[Donald Trump] has left himself open to that charge", determined Malcolm, highlighting Trump's recent tweets.
Stone was found guilty in November on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.
Malcolm estimated, "I don't think the president did anything wrong", adding, "I don't think, particularly, he did Roger Stone any favors".
Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, said he would not call Barr to testify about the revised sentencing decision.
Trump has denied that his tweets criticizing the initial recommendation from federal prosecutors constituted political interference.
Liu was moved from the USA attorney's office after Trump nominated her to serve as the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, a top position overseeing economic sanctions.
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