McConnell: Trump 'ought to listen to' Barr's advice on DOJ tweets

Ross: Roger Stone case proves Congress is full of Constitutional wimps

Ross: Roger Stone case proves Congress is full of Constitutional wimps

The White House said Trump was not bothered by Barr's remarks.

US Attorney General Bill Barr on Thursday delivered a highly unusual public rebuke of Donald Trump, saying the president's tweets were making his job at the Justice Department "impossible". Democrats have accused Trump of personally intervening in his ally's case.

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice made a highly scrutinized decision to overrule the sentencing recommendation made by the federal prosecutors who successfully convicted Stone of all counts brought against him by Mueller's team. "That you had four career prosecutors withdraw from the case, then one resign altogether from the Justice Department".

Trump targeted the judge and the outgoing prosecutors in other tweets, and retweeted a post that urged a full pardon for Stone as well as Michael Flynn, another former Trump adviser.

On Wednesday, Jackson summarily denied Stone's request for a new trial.

At one point, she was asked what she had heard or read about Stone. She had warned Roger Stone several times that she was going to revoke his bond because he wouldn't stay off social media.

It is extremely rare for Justice Department leaders to reverse the decision of prosecutors on a sentencing recommendation, particularly after that recommendation has been submitted to the court. Both judges were nominated by President Barack Obama.

Ross: Roger Stone case proves Congress is full of Constitutional wimps

"It is incumbent upon public officials and members of the legal profession, whose sworn duty it is to uphold the law, to do everything in their power to preserve the integrity of the justice system", Perry Martinez said in the ABA statement. "For what it's worth, I think the initial recommendation was overwrought".

"I think it is appalling for the president of the United States to be attacking American citizens for patriotically fulfilling their duties", he said.

Further raising questions about Barr's role, Trump tweeted on Wednesday praising the attorney general for "taking charge" of the case - despite the attorney general having not weighed in on it publicly.

Judge Jackson "has complete discretion as to what the sentence will be", explained Malcolm.

Very few people, he said, suggest that the sentence would be appropriate. They are not mandatory, and the judge has complete discretion. "I don't have a whole lot of details", she said as part of the answer. She could give him probation.

And four federal prosecutors thought he should get up to nine years for that. She has a statutory maximum, which is well above nine years.

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. "So these are all just recommendations". Stone, a longtime friend and informal adviser of President Trump.

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