close tovideo trump: I don’t want to say, yet, whether I forgive Roger stone
President Trump addresses the sentencing of Roger stone, while speaking with the press at the White house.
President Trump insisted on Friday that he has a “right” to intervene in criminal matters, but has so far not — elected in the midst of a controversy over attorney General William Barr, to overrule the decision recommended a sentence for former trump Advisor Roger stone.
Trump cited remarks by Barr, the AG said: “The President has not asked me to do something in a criminal case.”
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“This does not mean that I, as President, have the right to do this, but I haven’t chosen!” Trump tweeted.
At the beginning of this week, four prosecutors to end the case, according to the top officials moved to soften 7-9 years recommendation for stone (of the witness tampering was sentenced, among other charges) after Trump tweeted about the case. Trump on Wednesday denied meddling in the case, but was treated extremely vocal about it — of the said stone was “horrible” and a nine-year sentence called for “a shame.”
“I want to do is talk to the Ministry of justice, — and I to them, by the way-a nine-year saw-set… nine years for something, no one can define what he has done,” Trump said on Wednesday. “You put a man in prison, destroy his life, his family, his wife.”
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Democrats and analysts Barr attacked after the lifting of the condemnation became known, and called Barr to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31st — which the AG agreed to. Senate majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, requested that the Department investigate the inspector General of the thing.
“This situation has all the indications of undue political interference in a criminal prosecution,” Schumer wrote in a letter to DOJ inspector General Michael Horowitz about the stone of condemnation. “I therefore request that you immediately this matter investigated, to determine how and why the stone of the sentencing recommendations, the Ministry of justice officials made this decision, and the White house officials were involved were contradicted.”
Barr, on ABC News on Thursday, pushing back on Trump’s first tweet, while also defending his handling of the stone case.
“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about-the Ministry of justice in criminal proceedings,” Barr said. “But I will not be bullied or influenced by anyone … whether it is the Congress, a newspaper editorial Board or the President.”
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Barr continued, “I’m going to do what I think is right, and you know… I can do my job here in the Department with a constant background commentary, offers me.”
White house officials told Fox News that the White house knew Barr, the ABC was not an interview but, you know, what would say of the AG.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson, Mark and Meredith Brooke Singman contributed to this report.