Justice chief Barr blasts Trump for making job 'impossible'

Nellie Chapman
February 14, 2020

The length of jail time for Stone changed when the Department of Justice recommended significantly less time.

After President Donald Trump called the recommended sentencing in Roger Stone's case "a miscarriage of justice", the Justice Department intervened to recommend a lighter sentence for the president's longtime associate.

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

"I doubt that would do much", said Mitt Romney, the only Republican senator to vote to remove Trump from office in the impeachment trial.

"I want to thank the Justice Department", the president instructed newshounds.

"The Judges of this Court base their sentencing decisions on careful consideration of the actual record in the case before them; the applicable sentencing guidelines and statutory factors; the submissions of the parties, the Probation Office and victims; and their own judgment and experience", Judge Howell said in a decidedly rare and sure to be controversial statement.

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. "He has the right to do it - he just didn't", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News.

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.

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But skepticism is understandable, given Trump's demonstrated disrespect for the impartial administration of justice and his past actions, including his documented efforts to impede the investigation of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Trump was acquitted by the Senate on the two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Democrats passed in the House.

Stone is due to be sentenced on February 20 after being found guilty in November on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering, stemming from a government investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Jackson, who's due to sentence Stone on February 20, disagreed.

The White House also on Tuesday dropped a top prosecutor who oversaw Stone's case, withdrawing the nomination for Jessie Liu to serve in the Treasury Department. Liu had been scheduled to appear publicly before the Senate on Thursday.

"You have every right to feel that way, because it seems that in this United States, on this night, only conservatives, only Republicans, and especially people that like Donald Trump can get prosecuted. all while Democrats in the deep state can pretty much do everything without effect".

Barr said he was "of course" prepared to deal with any ramifications from the president for his comments. Sherrod Brown told reporters.

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

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