UPDATED 9:42 AM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020
President Trump recently congratulated William Barr for his new role in the Roger Stone case. While taking to Twitter Wednesday, he praised the U.S. attorney general for taking over the “totally out of control” case against his former campaign adviser.
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. Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
This comes one day after the Justice Department changed and reduced the prosecutor’s recommended prison sentence for Stone after he was found guilty of lying to Congress and witness tampering.
The four prosecutors on the case then resigned in protest. According to reports, Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando and Jonathan Kravis resigned Tuesday after the department announced it would seek to overrule their recommendation.
President Trump was quick to slam their suggested sentence and called it a “miscarriage of justice.” He said the whole prosecution was ridiculous and accused the defense of “cutting and running” for political reasons. The president even claimed Stone’s case was the result of “an illegal investigation.”
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation into the Justice Department over its plan to reduce Stone’s prison sentence.
By tweet @realDonaldTrump engaged in political interference in the sentencing of Roger Stone. 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.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 12, 2020
Pelosi’s claims of “political interference” came despite President Trump insisting he had nothing to do with the decision. The House speaker went on to applaud all four of Stone’s prosecutors for deciding to step down.
Stone was found guilty last year on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. At this time, it is unclear whether or not President Trump will grant him a pardon.