Kellyanne Conway denies that president has asked the AG to intervene in the conviction of Roger Stone
Kellyanne Conway says that Trump works hand in glove with Bill Barr, but denies that President has asked the AG to intervene in the condemnation of Roger Stone
- Conway said Sunday that Trump did not interfere with Stone
- The Ministry of Justice found its conviction recommendation on Tuesday
- Came for hours after Trump complained about the recommendation on Twitter
- Conway said that Trump had the right to comment on criminal cases
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway has denied that President Donald Trump has asked Attorney General Bill Barr to intervene in the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, but admitted that Trump and Barr work ‘hand in glove’.
“The President of the United States has not asked his attorney general to do anything private in criminal matters, including Roger Stone,” Conway told Fox News on Sunday.
“Number two, he works hand in hand with the Attorney General, as we can all do, about a number of things that affect this country,” she continued.
On Tuesday, the Justice Department backed up after prosecutors recommended a nine-year prison sentence for Stone, a former Trump campaign advisor convicted on seven points, including lying to Congress and tampering with witnesses.
White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway has denied that President Donald Trump has asked Attorney General Bill Barr to intervene in the conviction recommendation for Roger Stone
On Tuesday, the Justice Department waived the original prosecutor’s recommendation to give veteran Republican operator Roger Stone seven to nine years in prison
“The president didn’t do that,” Conway said Trump contacted Barr directly to intervene in a criminal case. “He said he didn’t do it. Bill Barr said he didn’t do it. He didn’t do it. That is incredibly important. “
Conway said it was “unfair” to say that President does not comment on criminal cases.
It comes after a whirlwind week of developments in the Stone case.
Stone demanded a new trial late Friday after the jury chairperson was revealed as an anti-Trump Democratic Congress candidate who had posted about Stone’s arrest for his trial.
The foreman, Tomeka Hart, revealed her identity in a Facebook post where she defended the federal prosecutors who were handling the case – after Trump had publicly attacked them this week.
On Sunday, more than 1,000 former US Department of Justice officials called on Barr to resign for his treatment of the Stone trial.
Conway said it was “unfair” to say that President does not comment on criminal cases
The former officials, who served under both Republican and Democratic governments, criticized Barr, the country’s highest law enforcement officer, for overthrowing his own prosecutors in a case that has fueled accusations that the Trump administration is weakening the rule of law.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Justice issued the prosecutors’ initial recommendation to give veteran Republican operator Roger Stone seven to nine years in prison after being found guilty in November of seven cases of lying to Congress, obstruction and tampering with witnesses , prompted all four prosecutors to stop the case.
“It is unheard of for the top leaders of the ministry to nullify line prosecutors who follow established policies to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the president, such as Attorney General Barr in the Stone case,” said the letter, published on the Medium website.
“Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Ministry of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Barr to resign,” the letter said.
Stone was found guilty in November of seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and tampering with witnesses
The Ministry of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump had strongly criticized the original conviction request for Stone and the Ministry of Justice then gave up, instead decided not to make a formal conviction recommendation.
Democrats destroyed the department’s shift in the high-profile case that involved Stone, whose friendship with Trump goes back decades. Stone’s trial stemmed from the investigation by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller describing extensive Russian interference in the 2016 elections to take advantage of Trump’s candidacy.
Barr said Thursday in an interview with broadcaster ABC that Trump’s criticism of those involved in the Stone case “made it impossible for me to do my job.”