President Donald Trump denied that he politically interfered within the Department of Justice's legal case in opposition to Roger Stone, however thanked the dept for lessening his longtime affiliate's sentencing advice.
Then, on January 30, Attorney General Bill Barr announced that his close adviser Timothy Shea would be taking over as U.S. Attorney on an interim basis, even though Liu had not been confirmed for her new role at the Treasury Department yet. Whether or not Trump spoke directly with Barr is irrelevant; he'd made his point mob style, learned from his first fixer, Roy Cohn, now working well with his new one, Barr.
Stone, who suggested no jail time, was convicted in November of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
"This is a very unique scenario", former federal prosecutor, Jacob Frenkel, who is now a criminal defense attorney at Dickinson-Wright, told Newsweek on Wednesday.
The attorney general has said it's making it hard for him to do his job. And I want to thank, if you look at what happened, I want to thank the Justice Department for seeing this, this frightful thing.
Trump tweeted his disappointment at the proposed sentencing length for his former adviser, sparking outrage in some quarters. The reversal prompted all four line prosecutors on the case to withdraw from the case, and one of the four to leave DOJ entirely.
"I hate to keep saying the same thing", McConnell said.
So in an unusual relocation, the Department of Justice pulled back from its violent sentencing referral for Roger Stone.
"The prosecutors had asked a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., to sentence Mr". Although advisory federal sentencing guidelines take a mathematical approach to sentencing, some decisions about aggravating factors can turn on subjective judgment, and prosecutors sometimes overreach. I don't think they quit for moral reasons.
Yet, "It was totally unnecessary", Noah said of Trump's tweets, noting of a picture of Stone, "As if there's one person who looks like he can break out of prison on his own, it's this guy". "And I didn't speak to them by the way, just so you understand", Mr Trump said.
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".
Democrats have seized on Trump's comments, and the Justice Department's actions, arguing that it shows political interference within DOJ to help a Trump associate. (Late on Tuesday, NBC News reported that Barr had chose to 'take control of legal matters of personal interest to Donald Trump.') Last night, Trump tweeted that the seven-to-nine-year sentence prosecutors had recommended for Stone was too harsh. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Barr had "stooped to such levels" and that "the American people deserve better". Other Democrats accused Trump of purging the US government of perceived enemies following his acquittal on impeachment charges last week.
In the ABC interview, Barr said of the president, "If he were to say go investigate somebody because - and you sense it's because they're a political opponent - then the attorney general shouldn't carry that out, wouldn't carry that out".