Trump Denies Politically Interfering in Roger Stone Case With Tweets
(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump denied meddling in his former associate Roger Stone’s criminal prosecution, saying that tweets he issued about the case don’t amount to political interference.
Four federal prosecutors resigned from the Stone case on Tuesday after the Department of Justice reversed their recommendation for a seven-to-nine-year prison sentence for Stone. He was convicted of lying to Congress and other charges stemming from Special Counsel Roger Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Trump remarked to reporters in a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno that the prosecutors “hit the road pretty quickly” after Justice signaled it would cut their recommended sentence.
“It was a disgrace to our country,” he said of the initial sentencing recommendation. “Frankly, they ought to apologize to him.”
“They ought to go back to school and learn,” he said later of the prosecutors.
Justice reversed the recommendation Tuesday after Trump complained about the prosecution in a tweet. The president said Tuesday he didn’t speak with anyone at the department before the decision. But he complimented Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday “for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.”
Stone’s motion for a new trial was denied by the judge in his case in a ruling unsealed on Wednesday.
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