UPDATED 1:34 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020
White House officials are speaking out on the president’s comments and praising Attorney General Barr for intervening in Roger Stone’s sentencing. On Wednesday, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley spoke to reporters about the case. This came after all four prosecutors resigned in protest on Tuesday following the DOJ’s decision to change their sentencing recommendations.
Gidley denied that the president spoke to Barr about the case, but added he has the right to do so if he wanted to. The secretary also said he did not know if the president asked the attorney general to investigate anyone at any time. He then dismissed questions regarding the resignation of Stone’s prosecutors.
“Whatever grievance they have, whatever they’re upset about, that’s something you’d have to ask them – I obviously can’t speak for them,” said Gidley. “I can just tell you over here, the president made his thoughts very well known about not just the Mueller investigation, but the sentencing of Roger Stone.”
When asked about a potential pardon for Stone, Gidley said he has not spoken to the president about it.
Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) agreed with the DOJ’s decision to reduce its recommended prison sentence for Roger Stone. While speaking to reporters, Graham said a seven to nine year sentence proposal for Stone was not appropriate.
He cited a letter from the victim in the case, in which the person explained they didn’t feel threatened by the former political consultant. Graham suggested the existence of the letter should be enough to reduce Stone’s sentence to three or four years.
The senator added he does not think his committee will investigate the DOJ’s decision. He also said he would not call Attorney General William Barr to testify on this matter.
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