Hours after Mr. Trump's tweet, a Justice Department official called the original recommendation "extreme" and "grossly disproportionate" to Mr.
The department said the sentence advisory was issued on Monday night, and that lawyers had not spoken to the White House about it. Democrats have accused Trump of personally intervening in his ally's case.
According to the network, Hart has even gone as far as posting about Stone's case before voting to convict him on obstruction of justice charges.
"He'll come in as part of oversight, but we're not going to call him based on this", Graham said.
"But given how compromised disgraced Attorney General William Barr is, we can not trust the Justice Department to correct its course". Shortly thereafter, the Justice Department signaled that it would seek a more lenient sentence for Stone, a move that prompted all four career prosecutors to withdraw from the case - and one to resign from the government. 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.
"People were hurt viciously and badly by these corrupt people", the president said, reviving his frequent complaint about the Mueller team. Gen. William Barr needs to be open about the chain of events when he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee next month.
Stone was convicted of seven crimes including obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering in November.
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Stone's sentencing by Jackson is scheduled for February 20.
The letter also took direct aim at the personal relationship between President Trump and Stone, saying it was plain to anyone observing this situation that it appeared to influence the DOJ's decision-making process (i.e., "Barr acting in concert to protect Stone"). He also attacked the Justice Department, sarcastically placing the word "justice" in quotes.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a Republican who led the panel's separate inquiry into Russian election interference, said it was up to the judge to decide appropriate prison time for Stone.
Those actions, the lawmakers added, don't represent the full scope of the matters the committee will ask about during the hearing.
Meanwhile, Democrats decried the decision, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calling for an investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general.
Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought. If you go to trial and lose, you usually should expect a higher sentence. Barr told reporters earlier this week.
Trump said of the prosecutors: "They ought to be ashamed of themselves ..."