Momentum Is Building To Have Roger Stone’s Prosecutors Testify Before Congress

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House Democrats want to hear from the four career prosecutors who withdrew from the Stone case in protest this week.

House Democrats have already scheduled Attorney General William Barr for a sit-down in March, but calls are growing for the four career prosecutors who stepped down from Roger Stone’s case to testify before Congress ahead of the attorney general.

The prosecutors resigned in protest of Barr’s decision to undercut their original sentencing recommendation for Stone, who happens to be a longtime friend of President Donald Trump. One prosecutor quit his job entirely.

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent said congressional aides told him that “numerous House Democrats are now advocating for the House to solicit testimony from the four prosecutors involved in the initial recommendation for Stone.”

“Time is of the essence, since this scandal gets worse by the hour,” one senior aide to a member of the House Judiciary Committee told Sargent. The hope is that hearing from the prosecutors could create “a record of what happened before Barr gets to set the narrative,” the aide said.

“Career prosecutors are quitting, and Congress needs to understand why,” another aide said, suggesting it is likely that House members might soon become more public with their calls for a hearing.

Sargent said the idea has been discussed “at the staff level” but it remains unclear which committee — either Judiciary or Oversight — would hold the hearing, and it is also uncertain whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will support the move.

Barr insisted on Thursday that his decision to change the sentencing recommendation for Stone was not influenced by the president. The attorney general said he had already made the decision before Trump tweeted his opinion that the initial sentencing recommendation of 7-9 years was too harsh.

“Barr claimed Trump’s tweet boxed him in,” Sargent reported, meaning that “reversing the sentence would now smack of carrying out Trump’s bidding.”

In response to Barr’s interview, during which he said Trump’s tweets are making it “impossible” for him to do his job, the president tweeted that he has the “legal right” to ask Barr to intervene in any criminal case he so chooses.

Trump said he has simply chosen not to do it — “so far.”

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