On Wednesday. Congressional Democrats demanded an emergency hearing and investigation into the Department of Justice’s recent decision to reduce the sentence of Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone.
Democrats want the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing to review the decision. The decision led to the resignation of all four prosecutors working the case on Tuesday.
Back in November, Stone was found guilty of seven counts, which included making false statements, obstruction a congressional probe, and witness tampering.
On Wednesday, one Democrat called for Barr to resign.
“Something egregious like this demands that the inspector general investigate and demands that the chairman of the Judiciary Committee hold a hearing now,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
On Tuesday, Schumer penned a letter to Michael Horowitz the DOJ Inspector and stated that the latest developments amounted to “improper political interference in criminal prosecution.”
“I, therefore, request that you immediately investigate this matter to determine how and why the Stone sentencing recommendations were countermanded, which Justice Department officials made this decision, and which White House officials were involved,” Schumer wrote.
Nancy Pelosi spoke out on the matter late Tuesday evening on Twitter “By tweet @realDonaldTrump engaged in political interference in the sentencing of Roger Stone. It is outrageous that DOJ has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing its recommendation,” she tweeted.
Adam Schiff also turned to Twitter to share his outrage. “Roger Stone lied to Congress and threatened a witness to cover up Trump campaign contacts with Wikileaks. He was found guilty on all charges. Barr overruling career prosecutors at Trump’s urging is a disgraceful attack on the rule of law. Has DOJ no independence left?” Schiff tweeted.
On Tuesday the Justice Department announced that it was revising the original sentence of seven to nine years in prison. It then asked Judge Amy Berman Jackson to reduce the sentence. Trump himself was responsible for the reduced sentence proposal.
Former federal prosecutor, Sen. Richard Blumenthal stated that “Attorney General William Barr should be ashamed and embarrassed and resign as a result of this action directly interfering in the independent prosecution of Roger Stone, simply the latest examples of political interference by the president to alter the independent decisions of the Department of Justice.”
Republicans have stayed mum on the subject. Mitch McConnell refused to speak on the matter after reporters pressed the subject.