Career Prosecutors Quit Roger Stone Case After DOJ Intervenes
On Tuesday, senior Justice Department officials reduced a recommended sentence in the case of Roger Stone, which abruptly caused four career prosecutors working on the case to withdraw from it.
Stone was convicted of “sabotag[ing] a congressional investigation that threatened his longtime friend President Trump.”
After that news broke, NBC reported this case “wasn’t the first time senior political appointees reached into a case involving an ex-Trump aide,” citing multiple people familiar with the matter.
The more lenient recommendation comes after the president weighed in on Twitter.
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! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
And the president continued to tweet about it on Wednesday morning, writing: “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.”
The New York Times described the Stone case as “one of the most high-profile criminal prosecutions arising from the nearly two-year investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.”
What do these developments tell us about the Department of Justice under Attorney General Bill Barr? How should we consider this recommendation in the context of the dual firings of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindeman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, two witnesses in the impeachment inquiry?
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