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Trump condemned the length of prison; David Spunt has the details.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, on Tuesday called for an inspector General investigation of the Department of Justice, the decision to reduce the recommended prison sentence for the President of Trump’s former consultant, Roger stone.
Four career DOJ prosecutors, who recommended Stone for seven to nine years in prison for lying to Congress, obstruction, and witness tamper with, came from their posts earlier on Tuesday after the announcement.
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In the letter to the General inspector Michael Horowitz, Schumer wrote, “This situation has all the indications of undue political interference in a criminal prosecution.”
He asked to examine Horowitz, the basis on which the recommendations were withdrawn, the the decision to the DOJ, and who was involved in the White house.
He added that the American people allowed the confidence in the impartial justice could not be continued, if “the President or his political officials to intervene in the prosecution and conviction of recommendations, in order to protect their friends and acquaintances.”
Schumer told reporters, “The President seems to believe that all justice is only his personal lament for the persecution of his enemies and his friends. The rule of law in this great tradition, which is in this wonderful Ministry of justice just totally perverted Donald Trump’s own personal desires and needs, and it’s a shame.”
Fox News reported on Tuesday that the top-were the brass at the DOJ was “shocked” that prosecutors handling the case had recommended Monday night that judge Amy Berman Jackson set for 67-year-old stone between 87 and 108 months in prison.
The Prosecutor argued in the Monday filing that the conduct of post-indictment — earned including violation of the PR-social media gag orders — a sentence that the defense said much longer than the 15 to 21 months that was actually advisable, under the federal sentencing guidelines.
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In a new amended filing Tuesday afternoon, the DOJ, Jackson said that the government “does respectfully assert, a conviction of imprisonment of less than 87 to 108 months ‘imprisonment would be appropriate under the circumstances”, but that the government “refers, finally, the court imposed the particular sentence to be.”
Fox News, Gregg Re, Jake Gibson and David Spunt contributed to this report.