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President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to congratulate Attorney General William Barr and slam the now former prosecutors in the Roger Stone case, who all withdrew from the case after Barrs Justice Department intervened for a shorter sentence.
Following some patentedcolorcommentary on the New Hampshire primary and an attack on federal judge Amy Berman Jackson last night, Trump tweeted his praise for Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday morning for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.
Then he turned his ire towards the prosecutors. Rogue prosecutors maybe? The Swamp! Trump tweeted.
READ: Lead prosecutor in Roger Stone’s trial just quit the case and his whole damn job
In November, Stone was convicted of obstructing a congressional investigation, witness tampering, and five counts of making false statements to Congress. On Monday, prosecutors submitted a sentencing memo to federal judge Amy Berman Jackson recommending Stone serve between seven and nine years.
On early Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted that the recommended sentence was a miscarriage of justice!, and Barrs DOJ rushing to condemn the recommended sentence. The DOJ submitted an updated sentencing memo on Tuesday which said the previous memo does not accurately reflect the Department of Justices position on what would be a reasonable sentence in this matter.
The government respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration far less than 87 to 108 months imprisonment would be reasonable under the circumstances, assistant U.S. Attorney John Crabb Jr., who filed his notice of appearance with the court on the same day, wrote in the new filing.
By the end of the day, all four prosecutors assistant U.S. attorneys Jonathan Kravis and Michael Marando, and special assistant U.S. attorneys Aaron Zelinsky and Adam Jed notified the court that they were withdrawing from the case.
Cover: Attorney General William Barr arrives before President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)