Former US Attorney who oversaw Roger Stone case resigns

  • Former US Attorney who oversaw Roger Stone case resigns

Former US Attorney who oversaw Roger Stone case resigns

Republicans in Congress on Wednesday rejected calls to investigate possible political interference at the U.S. Justice Department, after the department asked for a lighter prison term for President Donald Trump's longtime adviser, Roger Stone.

After the new filing by the Department of Justice, Trump congratulated Barr "for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought". 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.

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 US presidential election.

"The prosecutors - one of whom resigned from the department - were said to be furious over the reversal of their sentencing request, filed in federal court late Monday".

"As I said during my confirmation, I came in to serve as attorney general".

"There is a scandal at the Justice Department [but] it has nothing to do with Bill Barr", Fitton said.

Trump also said this week that he did not ask the Justice Department to ask for a lesser sentence for Stone.

Trump remarked to reporters Wednesday that the prosecutors "hit the road pretty quickly" after Justice signaled it would cut their recommended sentence. The DOJ's uncommon transfer to head in opposition to their very own prosecutors got here after Trump referred to as the advice "very terrible and unfair" and led to all 4 occupation prosecutors dealing with Stone's court cases to request to withdraw from the case. The actual sentencing is up to the judge. 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 think the attorney general knows what he is talking about".

"The fact is that Roger Stone was treated horribly and so were many other people", Trump said.

"Now what am I going to do, sit back and let a man go to jail maybe for nine years when murderers aren't going to jail? They don't go to jail for nine years", Trump said. Other Democrats accused Trump of purging the USA government of perceived enemies following his acquittal on impeachment charges last week.

Mr. Schumer said the president is once again attacking a federal judge, Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee.

He has previously been criticised by Democrats and legal experts for seeming to assist Trump during the independent investigation into whether the president was helped by a Russian influence campaign during the 2016 election.

"That doesn't mean that we're going to spend all of our time going after every lie that the administration's henchmen make to the Congress of the United States", Pelosi said at her weekly press conference.