‘Lawless’ William Barr Faces Calls To Resign Over Roger Stone Sentencing Scandal
Attorney General William Barr is under fire over the Justice Department’s move to ask for a shorter sentence for longtime Trump ally Roger Stone, undercutting federal prosecutor’s recommendation of 7-9 years prison sentence.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday called for Barr to resign in light of the latest scandal surrounding the “lawless” Attorney General.
“Congress must act immediately to rein in our lawless Attorney General,” Warren, a 2020 presidential candidate who has previously called for Barr’s resignation, said on Twitter. “Barr should resign or face impeachment. And Congress should use spending power to defund the AG’s authority to interfere with anything that affects Trump, his friends, or his elections.”
Four federal prosecutors arguing the case against Stone resigned en masse on Tuesday ahead of the Justice Department’s request to ask a judge for a lighter sentence than the one they had originally proposed.
The prosecution team had just a day earlier recommended that Stone serve seven to nine years in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering. The charges stemmed from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference.
Congress must act immediately to rein in our lawless Attorney General. Barr should resign or face impeachment. And Congress should use spending power to defund the AG’s authority to interfere with anything that affects Trump, his friends, or his elections.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 12, 2020
Trump, who had denounced the original sentencing recommendation as “horrible,” praised Barr for intervening in the matter earlier Wednesday, tweeting that it should have never been brought.
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