Trump congratulates Barr for 'taking charge' of Stone case

Source: Politico | February 12, 2020 | Quint Forgey

The president’s tweet comes amid escalating tensions at the Justice Department.

President Donald Trump praised Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday for “taking charge” of the federal case against Roger Stone, a Justice Department move that provoked outrage from congressional Democrats and appeared to prompt the withdrawal of four government prosecutors.

“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!”

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By the end of the day, the quartet of attorneys who had shepherded Stone’s prosecution had either resigned or notified the court that they were stepping off the case. Trump reprised his attack on their initial sentencing filing Wednesday and suggested the Justice Department lawyers were perhaps “Rogue prosecutors.”

“Two months in jail for a Swamp Creature, yet 9 years recommended for Roger Stone (who was not even working for the Trump Campaign),” the president tweeted, making apparent reference to a former Senate Intelligence Committee aide who pleaded guilty in 2018 for lying to the FBI. “Gee, that sounds very fair! Rogue prosecutors maybe? The Swamp!”

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    Seems to me all the judge has to do is ignore the new sentencing recommendations and sentence Stone to the maximum allowed by law. This would be a major nose thumbing at Trump and his lackey, William Barr.

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    “Graham also says it’s not appropriate for Trump to be commenting on ongoing cases.”

    It’s also not appropriate for Trump, through his lapdog, Barr, to meddle in a case that has already been decided. In fact, I’d say it’s illegal or should be.

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