Senate Republicans defend Barr intervention in Roger Stone sentencing recommendation

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Senate Republicans defended Attorney General William Barr’s decision to intervene in lowering the sentencing recommendation for Trump ally Roger Stone, a move that prompted four prosecutors to quit the case.

“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,” President Trump tweeted one day after he criticized the original seven-to-nine-year sentencing recommendation of the federal prosecutors.

The tweet prompted Democrats to question if the president urged Barr to lean on prosecutors to seek a reduced sentence for his longtime friend. Stone was convicted of obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to Congress.

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