Justice Department watchdog is probing handling of Roger Stone case

Source: Politico | September 14, 2020 | Josh Gerstein

The inspector general is examining Attorney General William Barr’s unusual intervention in the criminal case against Donald Trump’s longtime adviser.

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has opened an investigation into Attorney General William Barr’s unusual intervention in the criminal case against Roger Stone, Donald Trump’s longtime adviser.

A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed that the agency’s Office of Inspector General is looking into Barr’s move in February to seek a lighter sentence for Stone after rank-and-file prosecutors and an acting U.S. attorney hand-picked by Barr had already submitted a recommendation of seven to nine years in prison for the conservative provocateur, who has been a political sounding board for Trump for more than two decades.

“We welcome the review,” a department spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec, said on Monday evening.

Stephanie Logan, a spokeswoman for Inspector General Michael Horowitz, declined to confirm or provide details about the scope of the inquiry, which was first reported by NBC News.

“Our general practice is to not confirm or deny the existence of any ongoing investigation,” Logan said.

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