Attorney General William Barr is about to face some of his harshest critics in Congress.
A Washington jury convicted Stone in November of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness tampering for thwarting lawmakers' investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Barr has agreed to appear before the House Judiciary Committee at the end of March.
It isn't yet clear whether improper political influence led the Justice Department to ask for a more lenient sentence for Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Trump, than the one originally proposed by federal prosecutors.
"Outnumbered" panelists Charlie Hurt and Leslie Marshall squared off on the Department of Justice and President Trump pushing to reduce the sentence of former Trump adviser Roger Stone.
"If the Department of Justice's Inspector General and the House Judiciary Committee don't act now, Trump will be shown that he is free to bend the law to his whim".
They said they will also ask Barr about his department's announcement that it is taking information that Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is gathering in Ukraine about the president's Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son.
The four attorneys had signed onto a Monday court filing that recommended up to nine years in prison for Stone.
Hours after Mr. Trump's tweet, a Justice Department official called the original recommendation "extreme" and "grossly disproportionate" to Mr.
Stone was convicted in November of seven felonies for obstructing the inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee into Russian interference in the United States presidential election in 2016, lying to investigators under oath, and trying to block the testimony of a witness whose account would have exposed his lies.
Aaron Zelinsky, Jonathan Kravis, Adam Jed and Michael Marando quit the case while Democrats demanded an independent investigation into what they described as a dangerously politicised and corrupt justice department. Now the biggest question is: can they find the amusing in more obscure situations like Roger Stone's sentencing?
Barr told ABC that he hoped the President would react and respect the criticism of his tweets delivered in the interview. Reports have also suggested Trump has drawn up an "enemies list" of those who crossed him during the impeachment fight.
The decision to overrule prosecutors in the Stone case.
After mentioning Stone and Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted in a separate trial stemming from the Mueller investigation, Burr told Reuters on Wednesday: "I've investigated these guys, and they're all bad. In addition, the Department of Justice is known for rarely asking the sentencing court to impose a sentence below the Guidelines range, other than when the defendant is a cooperating witness or when the defendant's case presents unusual mitigating factors".