Justice chief Barr blasts Trump for making job 'impossible'

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The DOJ's uncommon transfer to head in opposition to their very own prosecutors got here after Trump referred to as the advice "very disgusting and unfair" and led to all 4 occupation prosecutors dealing with Stone's court cases to request to withdraw from the case.

(Late on Tuesday, NBC News reported that Barr had made a decision to 'take control of legal matters of personal interest to Donald Trump.') Last night, Trump tweeted that the seven-to-nine-year sentence prosecutors had recommended for Stone was too harsh.

Fox Information reported on Wednesday that the forewoman of the Stone jury was an anti-Trump Democratic activist.

Republican lawmakers, who almost all voted to acquit Trump of impeachment charges, offered muted criticism of the president but shrugged off suggestions they should investigate whether his political concerns were influencing law enforcement.

"I do not regret the acquittal vote".

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The attorney general added that he was prepared for a public response from the president, and hoped Trump would respect Barr's comments.

US Attorney General Bill Barr on Thursday delivered a highly unusual public rebuke of Donald Trump, saying the president's tweets were making his job at the Justice Department "impossible".

Trump and the Justice Department said they had not had direct talks on the matter. "Whether she will pay any attention to his tweets, or whether that will stiffen her spine and make her want to sentence Roger Stone to something higher, that is completely up to Judge Jackson".

Public pressure or criticism won't affect the sentencing of former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone, the chief district judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said.

Stone has been convicted on several counts including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the house investigation.

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Stone is scheduled to be sentenced on February 20.

Hours after Stone's prosecutors beneficial seven to 9 years in jail, the DOJ publicly introduced they supposed to again clear of the long advice and as an alternative, search a decrease sentence.

McConnell similarly demurred when asked if he was anxious that Trump was politicizing the Department of Justice. She also suggested President Trump and his supporters are racist and praised the investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which ultimately led to Stone's prosecution.

But other Republicans said Mr Trump should not have shared his opinion about the Stone case.

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Grant Smith, one of Stone's lawyers, told Reuters the defense team was examining jurors' social media posts. Sherrod Brown told reporters.

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