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The DOJ intervened after prosecutors recommended seven to nine years in prison for Roger Stone

"The rule of law and this grand, grand tradition of this wonderful Justice Department is being totally perverted to Donald trump's own personal desires and needs", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

A Justice Department official said authorities made a decision to step in and seek a shorter sentence because they had been taken by surprise by the initial recommendation. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. The episode was the latest to entangle the Justice Department, meant to operate free from White House sway in criminal investigations and prosecutions, in presidential politics.

Trump praised Attorney General Bill Barr for walking back the sentencing memo, and also attacked presiding judge Judge Amy Berman-who also jailed former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort-and called for several of his critics to be jailed for unproven crimes.

But hours before the Justice Department announced its reversal decision, Trump had bashed the proposed punishment on Twitter in an early-morning tweet as "a miscarriage of justice". He was charged with witness tampering, obstructing an official proceeding, and five counts of making false statements and convicted on them late previous year.

As a result, all four prosecutors on the case resigned and Attorney General William Barr assumed direct control over Stone's case.

This week, Trump came under fire for interfering in the sentencing of former aide and longtime GOP operative Roger Stone, who was convicted of multiple felonies as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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Now, Stone has been recommended for a prison sentence of 7-9 years by prosecutors in the case.

Trump on Tuesday also withdrew the nomination of Jessie Liu, a former US attorney in Washington whose office prosecuted Stone, for a new post in the Treasury Department.

The committee says they are now in the process of raising money to help defray the cost of Stone's legal bills in the event of a likely appeal "and to establish a fund to care for his wife Nydia and their family" who have apparently been "left destitute after paying millions in legal fees".

After the action was announced, the four prosecutors who won Stone's conviction - Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando and Jonathan Kravis - withdrew from the case. He did not testify, and his lawyers did not call any witnesses in his defense.

Bannon-who left the White House under a cloud in 2017 but has remained a supporter of Trump and his brand of nationalist politics-added: "Now he understands how to use the full powers of the presidency". Stone as an "access point" to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks, which was in possession of more than 19,000 emails hacked from the servers of the Democratic National Committee, and tried to use Mr.

This story was reported by The Associated Press.

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