Donald Trump tweeted that he thought that the sentence proposed by the prosecution for Roger Stone (7-9 years, taken from the guidelines) was too harsh. And within a few hours, Attorney General William Barr was ON IT!
This rang alarm bells for all those who feel that the process of justice does not emanate from the President through the Attorney General, including a great many lawyers who have worked in the Department of Justice. The four prosecutors in Stone’s case resigned.
Today, ABC’s Pierre Thomas interviewed Barr, who told Trump to back off.
Or maybe the message was “I can’t do this if you keep saying the quiet part out loud.”
Here’s the bit that ABC has released so far.
Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s intervention an abuse of power.
BREAKING Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell of Washington also issued a rare statement responding to President Trump’s attacks on Stone’s sentencing judge, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, and defending the integrity of the courts. https://t.co/LhicnjBjNx pic.twitter.com/MSiNthX3lS
— Spencer Hsu (@hsu_spencer) February 13, 2020
Things are probably pretty tense inside the Justice Department, part of why Barr is saying those things.
Will be interesting to see how the Tweeter-In-Chief responds.