Rep. Swalwell: Impeachment over Roger Stone intervention an option

Rep. Swalwell: Impeachment over Roger Stone intervention an option

Barr appears to have led the effort to reduce Stone's sentencing recommendation, and Trump seemed to confirm Barr's intervention in a series of tweets that praised the attorney general for "taking charge" of the case.

"I can not do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me", Barr said, adding: "I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases".

"The public statements and tweets. make it impossible to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we are doing our work with integrity", Barr told ABC News. Four prosecutors resigned from the case - and one from the DOJ altogether - not long after the president's post. "I think he's told the president this is not helpful, making it hard for him to do his job, I think the president ought to listen to him".

Other Republicans said they saw nothing wrong. "And I said, whether it's Congress, newspaper editorial boards, or the president, I'm going to do what I think is right".

Stone is a flamboyant political operative - a self-described "dirty trickster" - who was convicted past year of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a congressional investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"Asked during an interview with Fox News's Bret Baier about Barr's comments, McConnell said that "the president should listen to his advice".

Napolitano said that he presided over 150 jury trials and "most were criminal".

Still, he said, "for prosecutors to withdraw from a case and even to withdraw from the Department of Justice, that clearly reflects very strong beliefs and ethics, such that they were not prepared to stand behind something they believed was contrary to the interests of justice".

It is extremely rare for Justice Department leaders to reverse the decision of prosecutors on a sentencing recommendation, particularly after that recommendation has been submitted to the court.

The 4 prosecutors-Jonathan Kravis, Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, Adam Jed and Michael Marando-lodged their sentence advice on Monday night time.

Chief U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia Beryl A. Howell at the U.S. District Court in Washington on April 13, 2018.

"I'm not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody", Barr said Thursday.

The New Yorker: "Did Donald Trump Just Get Roger Stone's Prison Sentence Reduced?". "Of course, if he ultimately pardons him, and he's left open that possibility, then he'll do him a real favor, but these tweets, I don't think, particularly help Roger Stone". You have some of the most serious awful rapists and everything else.

Last year Mr Barr was widely criticised for claiming that special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation had exonerated Mr Trump, when in fact the final report outlined several instances in which the president may have obstructed justice. DOJ officials have said they made the decision without consulting the president.

Democrats decried the Justice Department's reversal on Stone and called for immediate investigations.

"There should be an investigation", Ms Pelosi said.

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