Attorney General Barr To Testify In House Amid Criticism Over Roger Stone Case

NPR.org | 2/12/2020 | Staff
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Attorney General William Barr arrives to hear President Trump deliver the State of the Union address in the House chamber on Feb. 4. The House Judiciary Committee has called for Barr to testify on March 31 about potential interference by Trump.

Attorney General William Barr is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee after the Justice Department took the unusual step of intervening in Roger Stone's sentencing recommendation.

President - Trump - Barr - Wednesday - Recommendation

President Trump hailed Barr on Wednesday for making the recommendation.

"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. "Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!"

Former - Counsel - Robert - Mueller - Investigation

Former special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation are longtime targets of Trump's. Mueller's team documented extensive Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and some contacts with Trump's campaign, but said there wasn't sufficient evidence to bring conspiracy charges.

The wrongdoing prosecutors said they did find included Stone, who sought to serve as an intermediary between Trump's team and WikiLeaks, which was fencing material stolen by Russian hackers, released to embarrass political targets in the United States.

Stone - Congress - Role - Matter - Fact-finding

Stone lied to Congress about his role in the matter and obstructed its fact-finding, prosecutors charged; he was found guilty in November on all seven counts in his trial and is awaiting sentencing.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington had recommended Monday that Stone serve seven to nine years in prison, but Justice Department officials were "shocked" by the "extreme and excessive and disproportionate" severity of that sentence, a senior Justice Department official said.

Department - Submission - Sentencing - Memo - Case

So the department ordered the submission of a second sentencing memo in the case, displacing the first. The second memo, which appeared with court records on Tuesday afternoon,...
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