Trump Responds To Backlash Over Roger Stone Obstruction

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The president of the United States is now claiming that he had nothing to do with the Justice Department’s decision to send a memo to the judge in Roger Stone’s criminal case. This after Trump’s very public complaint Tuesday morning after hearing that prosecutors in the case were suggesting a 7-9 year sentence for Stone.

In Trump’s tweet, he said that he would not stand for something like that. These are his exact words:

This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!

The Justice Department immediately requested that the recommendation be dropped substantially, prompting a nationwide backlash against Trump.

Now, Trump is saying he had nothing to do with it. Trump gave the following statement Tuesday evening when asked about what he said to the DOJ, more specifically AG Barr:

“I’d be able to do it if I wanted. I have the absolute right to do it. I stay out of things.”

“I didn’t speak to them. I thought the recommendation was ridiculous. I thought the whole prosecution was ridiculous. I thought it was an insult to our country and it shouldn’t happen.”

Three prosecutors resigned upon hearing of the DOJ’s intervention, essentially attempting to override their professional opinions. Trump smeared the prosecutors to the press, saying:

“These are, I guess, the same Mueller people that put everybody through hell and I think it’s a disgrace. No, I have not been involved with it right now.”

When asked whether or not he would commute Stone’s sentence, Trump responded:

“I don’t want to talk about that now. I think it was a disgraceful recommendation. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. … I think it’s a disgrace. We’ll see what happens.”

The DOJ sent this message to the judge in the case Tuesday afternoon:

“The government respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration far less than 87 to 108 months’ imprisonment would be reasonable under the circumstances.”

“While it remains the position of the United States that a sentence of incarceration is warranted here, the government respectfully submits that the range of 87 to 108 months presented as the applicable advisory Guidelines range would not be appropriate or serve the interests of justice in this case.”

Prosecutor Timothy J. Shea left the case with two other lawyers, Jonathan Kravis and  Aaron Zelinsky. Kravis not only left the case, but resigned from the DOJ all together.

Stone’s lawyers are asking for probation.

Congressman Ted Lieu tweeted this out just an hour ago:

Does @realDonaldTrump have the power to make the @TheJusticeDept go light on his friends, like felon Roger Stone? Yes. There’s also a word for that. It’s called CORRUPTION. DOJ has now stained its reputation. If you are at DOJ & have the resources to resign, I hope you do so.

Twitter is going crazy over this with politicians and citizens alike taking to the outlet to express their disgust with the president’s continual abuse of his powers as president. Below are some of the best tweets we’ve found: