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Politics Roger Stone backlash: Democrats demand Barr resign, call for investigation, hearings

19:00  12 february  2020
19:00  12 february  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Harris demands Barr testify over Roger Stone sentence recommendation

  Harris demands Barr testify over Roger Stone sentence recommendation Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is demanding that Attorney General William Barr testify publicly over the Justice Department's decision to reduce the recommended sentence for Trump associate Roger Stone. Harris is asking Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to call Barr before the panel, which she is also a member of. "I request that you immediately schedule a hearing for Attorney General William Barr to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee so that the committee and the American people can understand the Justice Department's decision to overrule its career prosecutors in this case," Harris wrote in a letter to Graham.

President congratulated attorney general for ‘taking charge’ after prosecutors resigned when sentencing recommendation was overruled.

The case against Stone is the final one by Mueller’s investigation , which has resulted in 34 indictments of individuals and eight guilty pleas or convictions Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Wednesday called for an emergency hearing and investigation into the Department of Justice's decision to reduce the recommended sentence for longtime Donald Trump confidante Roger Stone.

Chuck Schumer wearing a suit and tie: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks at a press conference at the Capitol on Feb. 11, 2020.© Mandel Ngan Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks at a press conference at the Capitol on Feb. 11, 2020.

Top Democrats are pushing for the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing to review the decision that led to the sudden resignation of all four prosecutors Tuesday from the Stone criminal case. Stone was found guilty in November of all seven counts against him including making false statements, witness tampering and obstructing a congressional probe.

Attorney General William Barr to testify before House Judiciary Committee

  Attorney General William Barr to testify before House Judiciary Committee The arrangement comes as Democrats have demanded answers about Barr's apparent intervention in the sentencing of Roger Stone.The arrangement comes as Democrats have demanded answers about Barr's apparent intervention in the sentencing of President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone, who was convicted last year on charges that he lied to congressional investigators and threatened a witness.

Stone – an attention-seeking Republican bit-player whose crimes against fashion alone warrant a heavy No investigation can proceed effectively when a witness has to worry about a message he has Four government lawyers who had prosecuted the case against Stone promptly resigned in

FILE - Roger Stone , former campaign adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives for Stone is set to be sentenced in Washington next week. The Justice Department said it made the decision to Democrats hope the hearings will sway public opinion to support their case against the president

One Democrat said Wednesday that Attorney General Bill Barr should step down.

"Something egregious like this demands that the inspector general investigate and demands that the chairman of the Judiciary Committee hold a hearing now," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate.

Schumer sent a letter to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Tuesday, writing that the development amounts to "improper political interference in a criminal prosecution."

"I therefore request that you immediately investigate this matter to determine how and why the Stone sentencing recommendations were countermanded, which Justice Department officials made this decision, and which White House officials were involved," Schumer said.

Democrat won’t rule out new Trump impeachment over Roger Stone case

  Democrat won’t rule out new Trump impeachment over Roger Stone case Rep. Eric Swalwell would not rule out a new impeachment effort over the president's alleged interference in the criminal case of his former associate.Federal prosecutors on Monday had recommended a sentence of between 87 and 108 months in prison for Stone’s conviction on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Roger Stone appealed to the president to pardon him after being found guilty last year ( Getty ). The attorney-general, who proved his loyalty to Trump with his handling of the Mueller report, was mentioned in the Ukraine call as someone president Volodymyr Zelensky should talk to about

Trump has demanded investigations of political opponents. During the special counsel’s investigation , his lawyers took the House Judiciary Committee Democrats have sent a letter to Barr demanding that he explain this arrangement with Giuliani — including demanding that Barr say

Late Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reacted to the news, tweeting, "By tweet @realDonaldTrump engaged in political interference in the sentencing of Roger Stone. It is outrageous that DOJ has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing its recommendation."

Earlier in the day, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former attorney general of California and a former federal prosecutor, sent a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asking that he immediately schedule a hearing for Barr to testify "so that the committee and the American people can understand the Justice Department's decision to overrule its career prosecutors in this case."

The Justice Department had announced Tuesday that it was revising the original sentence of seven to nine years in prison, and is asking Judge Amy Berman Jackson to reduce the sentence, after Trump himself called the sentencing proposal "a miscarriage of justice." In response, all four federal prosecutors who made the original sentencing recommendation withdrew from the case Wednesday.

More than 1,100 ex-Justice Department officials call for Barr’s resignation

  More than 1,100 ex-Justice Department officials call for Barr’s resignation In a public letter, former prosecutors urge current officials to report any improper conduct.

Prosecutors withdraw from Roger Stone 's case after senior DOJ officials publicly overruled them to seek a lesser sentence for Stone . The u-turn has sparked mass outrage among Democrats and lead to all four of the DOJ lawyers central to Stone 's prosecution and initial sentencing

'The Next Revolution' panel discusses Barr 's future at the Department of Justice.

Another former federal prosecutor, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Wednesday that "Attorney General William Barr should be ashamed and embarrassed and resign as a result of this action directly interfering in the independent prosecution of Roger Stone, simply the latest examples of political interference by the president to alter the independent decisions of the Department of Justice."

In the House, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters Wednesday that this is "an egregious violation of the rule of law" and constitutional law expert Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said that the four prosecutors are "sending a message to America that the rule of law is under attack."

As for Republican reaction, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he had nothing to say on the matter when pressed by reporters at a weekly news conference.

'Greatest abuse of power I have ever seen': Biden says Barr should resign over Stone case .
Former Vice President Joe Biden demanded Attorney General William Barr resign for intervening in the criminal case of GOP operative Roger Stone. © Provided by Washington ExaminerBiden appeared on MSNBC on Monday to talk about the Democratic presidential primary and reacted to recent updates in Stone’s case. Biden said he agrees with the more than 1,100 former Justice Department officials in calling for Barr’s resignation in a letter that accuses the attorney general of doing President Trump’s "personal bidding" in intervening in the case.

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