The President referred to reports that some of the jurors were biased
US President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized a jury that convicted his longtime friend Roger Stone.
Citing a Fox News story that accused some of the jury of political bias, Trump wrote: “This looks bad for the Justice Department.”.
On Tuesday, Trump expressed dissatisfaction with prosecutors who recommended sentencing Stone to a prison term of 7 to 9 years. A few hours after the president’s tweet, the Justice Department unexpectedly withdrew the recommendation. All four prosecutors who participated in the consideration of the case withdrew, and one left the Ministry of Justice altogether..
After that, Trump thanked Attorney General William Barr for “taking matters into his own hands.”.
In a tweet this week, Trump also criticized Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is set to sentence Stone on February 20..
In November, Stone was found guilty on seven counts, including perjury to Congress and witness intimidation. The case stemmed from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections led by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.
Justice Department officials have yet to comment on Trump’s latest tweet.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham tweeted that he hoped the court would take reports of possible jury bias seriously, calling the situation “unfair.”.
Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani also called for an investigation into the jury chairman. We haven’t been able to get her comments yet..
Trump’s critics believe his comments undermine the independence of the judiciary. The White House insists that the president did not discuss the situation directly with the Ministry of Justice.
“As Supreme Commander, he is the head of the law enforcement system and has the right to his own opinion,” White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told Fox News on Thursday..
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If the Republican in Congress mostly ignored the president’s comments, the Democrats are demanding an investigation. Barr is due to testify on a committee of the House of Representatives next month.
The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, said that the judge should determine the term of the sentence. This committee conducted a separate investigation into Russian interference in the elections. On Wednesday, when it came to Stone and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who was sentenced in another case stemming from Mueller’s investigation, Burr said, “I’ve been investigating these people, and they’re all bad. And point “.
Trump declined to answer a journalist’s question about whether he plans to pardon Stone.