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Politics Schumer requests DOJ watchdog probe Roger Stone sentencing recommendation

23:55  11 february  2020
23:55  11 february  2020 Source:   thehill.com

AP source: Feds back away from Stone sentencing proposal

  AP source: Feds back away from Stone sentencing proposal The Department of Justice is backing away from its sentencing recommendation of between seven to nine years in prison for Trump confidant Roger Stone, a department official told the AP. The official says there had been no contact with the White House over the decision, though President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday calling it "a very horrible and unfair situation" after the recommendation was made in a court filing Monday evening.

The US Justice Department is reportedly rethinking its recommendation that former Trump adviser Roger Stone serve nine years in prison for lying to Prosecutors will issue a revised sentencing recommendation later that day, he added. Wow, Mueller prosecutor Zelinsky withdraws from the

DOJ is going to reduce its recommended sentence for Roger Stone , shortly after Trump tweeted about it. But even if Trump had never tweeted, this would look awful. The Justice Department has now announced that it will reduce its recommended sentence for longtime Trump ally Roger Stone .

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is requesting the Justice Department's top watchdog investigate the decision to request Roger Stone be given a lesser sentence.

Chuck Schumer wearing a suit and tie: Schumer requests DOJ watchdog probe Roger Stone sentencing recommendation© Bonnie Cash Schumer requests DOJ watchdog probe Roger Stone sentencing recommendation

"The DOJ Inspector General must open an investigation immediately. I will be sending a formal request to the IG shortly," Schumer tweeted.

A spokesman said they are aiming to send a formal request to the Justice Department by the end of Tuesday.

Roger Stone prosecutors resign from case after DOJ backpedals on sentencing recommendation

  Roger Stone prosecutors resign from case after DOJ backpedals on sentencing recommendation Trump tweeted early Tuesday, calling the initial sentencing recommendation "disgraceful" and a "miscarriage of justice."The Justice Department was pulling back on its request to sentence Stone to seven to nine years in prison after President Donald Trump blasted the sentencing proposal as "a miscarriage of justice.

The prosecutor who recommended that Trump confidant Roger Stone receive up to nine years in prison has resigned, effective immediately - after reports have emerged that his office misled the DOJ over the proposal, which reportedly 'shocked' DOJ officials. Prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky gave no details

Department of Justice officials found the first recommendation for Roger Stone 's sentence , by Prosecutors will lower recommended prison sentence for Trump ally Roger Stone , reports say. It is highly unusual for the DOJ to reverse a sentencing recommendation after it has been made by

Schumer's demand for an investigation comes as the Department of Justice is reportedly expected to change its sentencing recommendation for Stone a day after telling a federal judge the Trump associate should serve between seven and nine years in prison.

The seven-to-nine year range was publicly criticized by President Trump, who called it "very unfair."

"This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!" Trump tweeted.

The initial Justice Department recommendation, made in a filing on Monday, was in accordance with federal guidelines.

The government wrote that such a sentence would "accurately reflect the seriousness of his crimes and promote respect for the law."

Trump says he didn't order Justice to change sentencing for Roger Stone

  Trump says he didn't order Justice to change sentencing for Roger Stone President Trump said Tuesday that he didn't instruct the Justice Department to change his longtime associate Roger Stone's prison sentence recommendation, while insisting he would be allowed to do so and calling the recommendation "ridiculous.""I'd be able to do it if I wanted. I have the absolute right to do it. I stay out of things," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when asked whether he asked the department to change the recommendation. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "I didn't speak to them.

The Justice Department is backpedaling on its sentencing recommendation for longtime Trump associate Roger Stone , who was found guilty in November of making Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning, calling the initial sentencing recommendation "disgraceful!" and a "miscarriage of justice !"

Roger Stone , former adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, is set to be sentenced on Feb. Disagreements among prosecutors about sentencing recommendations are not uncommon, especially when it comes to politically sensitive high-profile cases.

But Department officials told multiple outlets, including The Washington Post, Fox News and The Associated Press, that they found the prosecutors' initial recommendation "excessive."

Stone was convicted in November of seven counts of obstructing and lying to Congress and witness tampering related to his efforts to provide the Trump campaign inside information about WikiLeaks in 2016.

Trump decries lack of 'fairness' in Stone trial ahead of sentencing .
President Trump on Thursday said there had been a lack of fairness in the legal process for Roger Stone as his longtime confidant was about to be sentenced in federal court. © Getty Trump decries lack of 'fairness' in Stone trial ahead of sentencing The president tweeted as proceedings in Stone's sentencing got underway, questioning why the conservative provocateur was facing jail time for lying to Congress while FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe have not faced charges for separate, unrelated incidents."They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.

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