Barr agrees to testify before House Judiciary Committee in March, Nadler says

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

The four prosecutors immediately quit the case, in which Stone was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign co-ordinated with Russian Federation to tip the 2016 election.

The Democrats said they plan to ask Barr about the department's decision this week to overrule four federal prosecutors and lower the amount of prison time it would seek for Trump's confidant Roger Stone.

US Attorney-General William Barr has agreed to testify to Congress amid allegations he has bent Justice Department policies to help President Donald Trump politically, the House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday (Feb 12). He now says he's innocent, is attempting to avoid being sentenced and claims investigators acted inappropriately to force him into a plea deal.

"I don't know how much political weight he actually would have to bear, but it would be much better if he stepped up to the plate and took the weight for doing that rather than appear like he's trying to pressure the Justice Department", he added.

Meanwhile, officials in Washington are speaking out on the fallout of the Justice Department's intervention in the case. The charges were levied by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

"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", Trump said on Twitter.

The Justice Department reversed the recommendation Tuesday after Trump complained about the prosecution in a tweet.

Stone's motion for a new trial was denied by the judge in his case in a ruling unsealed on Wednesday.

President Trump is withdrawing his nomination for former USA attorney for D.C. Jessie Liu to serve as the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, a top position overseeing economic sanctions, according to two sources with direct knowledge.

The four attorneys had signed onto a Monday court filing that recommended up to nine years in prison for Stone. The Times spoke with more than a dozen career lawyers in USA attorney's offices, and found prosecutors who "raised new fears of what is to come" and "worried they might face more pressure".

Dershowitz, who recently found himself back in a white-hot spotlight for assisting President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team, said of the Stone dust-up: "Maybe this will alert the public to the disgusting injustices going on every day in our justice system".

"The president of the United States has no business interfering in the criminal trial of his own campaign adviser", said US Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat and the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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