Trump calls for case against Roger Stone to be thrown out

Clay Curtis
February 18, 2020

The leaders of a group of federal judges will meet Tuesday to "address growing concerns" about the recent intervention of President Donald Trump and the Justice Department in "politically sensitive cases", USA Today reports.

"This can't stand. And any Attorney General who is complicit in this, supporting this President by refusing to correct him (asking him not to tweet doesn't qualify) isn't fit to serve", she wrote.

Donald Ayer, a former deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, added his support to that effort on Monday, with an Atlantic article also calling on Barr to resign.

Last Monday, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington had recommended a prison sentence of up to nine years for Stone's 2019 conviction on charges including making false statements to Congress and witness tampering.

"Mr. Barr's actions in doing the President's personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words", the letter says. After Barr issued a mild reproof last week, suggesting that such tweets made it hard for him to do his job, Trump replied, again publicly on Twitter, that he had every right to intervene in any criminal case, although he claimed not to have done so yet.

President Trump on Tuesday suggested he may file lawsuits over the outcome of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, saying its findings are "badly tainted". Four federal prosecutors withdrew from the case, and one resigned from his job, over Barr's actions.

Trump also repeated his claim that Mueller came to the White House seeking the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's job, a topic the former special counsel addressed in his 448-page report a year ago. He was rewarded with stewardship of the Justice Department - and immediately set about implementing the new president's pro-police anti-immigrant agenda.

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Alumni of the Department of Justice posted to Medium on Sunday a group letter that tore into Barr for "doing the president's personal bidding" in imposing on prosecutors the recommendation of a reduced sentence for Stone, a longtime friend of Trump who was convicted of lying to and obstructing Congress and threatening a witness in the Russian Federation investigation.

In their statement, the former Justice Department officials welcomed Mr Barr's "belated acknowledgement" of the damage done by Mr Trump's tweets.

After a week of scandal involving the breakdowns in the American rule of law, the sitting president, unembarrassed and unconcerned with legal constraints, appears eager to flaunt his indifference.

We, the undersigned, are alumni of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) who have collectively served both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Prior said the 1,000-2,000 people signing the letter make up "001 percent of all current and living former DOJ employees".

Klobuchar told Bash that Barr's involvement in the case is "just not normal".

Napolitano continued: 'Don't you think we wanted to know that before we put you on this jury.' Pretty obvious he should (get a new trial).

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