Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert Try To Find The Funny In Roger Stone

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2020

Barr joined a roster of high level aides who have publicly criticized Trump, thought the rest left the job first. Gen. William Barr needs to be open about the chain of events when he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee next month. Former Chief of Staff John Kelly, who has largely kept a low profile since leaving the White House, has grown more open about his unflattering assessments of the president.

All four Justice Department prosecutors withdrew from the case on Tuesday, with the DOJ submitting a new sentencing recommendation that asked for "far less" jail time than what had been initially recommended for Stone. All of the prosecutors in Stone's case resigned in response to the new recommendation. Tomeka Hart said she was pained to see the Department of Justice "interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors", who "acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice".

"This is a very unique scenario", former federal prosecutor, Jacob Frenkel, who is now a criminal defense attorney at Dickinson-Wright, told Newsweek on Wednesday.

National security adviser Robert O'Brien told reporters Thursday evening at the White House that Trump tweets to bypass the mainstream press and speak directly to the American people.

"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". "I think he ought to listen to him", McConnell added.

Stone was convicted in November previous year of lying to Congress, witness- tampering and obstruction of justice over his involvement in connection with the release of stolen Democratic emails in 2016.

Jackson, who's due to sentence Stone on February 20, disagreed. Administration officials said senior White House aides were not informed of the contents of Barr's interview before it aired.

The attorney general has said it's making it hard for him to do his job.

"I hate to keep saying the same thing", McConnell said.

What the prosecutors had recommended for Stone was just a recommendation, not an actual sentence. Although advisory federal sentencing guidelines take a mathematical approach to sentencing, some decisions about aggravating factors can turn on subjective judgment, and prosecutors sometimes overreach.

But hours after Mr Trump shared his displeasure at the recommended sentence on Twitter, the Justice Department's intervened in the case to issue a new court filing suggesting the proposed sentence was "excessive and unwarranted".

"Roger Stone was one of those guys who was trying desperately to be relevant, so he was in a dark room throwing darts, and he actually hit something, and then they called him in, and he was stupid to lie about it", Trump Jr. concluded. I don't think they quit for moral reasons.

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