Trump congratulates AG Barr for taking charge of ‘out of control’ Roger Stone case; Pelosi, Schumer call for investigation

President Trump is not backing down on Roger Stone’s unfair treatment by the FBI and federal prosecutors. In an early-morning tweet, on Wednesday he says:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling on the Justice Department inspector general to probe a decision to reduce the recommended prison sentence for Roger Stone.

“This situation has all the indicia of improper political interference in a criminal prosecution,” the senator wrote in a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz. “I, therefore, request that you immediately investigate this matter to determine how and why the Stone sentencing recommendations were countermanded, which Justice Department officials made this decision, and which White House officials were involved.”

Taking to social media, Schumer tweeted: “To the DOJ Inspector General: I’m calling for an immediate investigation of why the Roger Stone sentencing recommendations by career prosecutors were countermanded. The American people must have confidence that justice in this country is dispensed impartially.”

The Democrat leader’s call for an investigation came after four federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., withdrew from Stone’s case on Tuesday in response to a reduced prison sentence recommendation for the longtime Trump confidante.

Not to be outdone, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., manufactured a little outrage of her own to also calling for an investigation — perhaps this will be the next impeachment pursuit to come from House Democrats?

“By tweet @realDonaldTrump engaged in political interference in the sentencing of Roger Stone,” the speaker tweeted. “It is outrageous that DOJ has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing its recommendation. Stepping down of prosecutors should be commended & actions of DOJ should be investigated.”

A one-time Trump campaign adviser, Stone was found guilty in November on seven counts, including five counts of lying to Congress, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of a proceeding.

Stone sought to serve as an intermediary between Trump’s 2016 campaign and WikiLeaks.

Prosecutors were initially recommending up to nine years for the 67-year-old Stone and even requested that he be remanded pending sentencing. A controversial figure known the world over, Stone is not exactly a flight risk.

Fox News reported top brass at the DOJ were “shocked” that prosecutors handling the case had recommended such a harsh sentence.

President Trump took to Twitter to denounce the harsh sentencing guideline, calling it a “miscarriage of justice” — this being the tweet referenced by Pelosi.

“This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” the president said.

Trump also criticized the four prosecutors, saying the 9-year prison recommendation was “ridiculous,” noting that this was all part of the “Mueller Scam” — adding that the investigation should never have happened.

“Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9-year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn’t ever even have started? 13 Angry Democrats?” he tweeted late Tuesday.

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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