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President Trump's longtime friend and ally faced between seven and nine years in prison after his conviction on witness tampering and obstruction charges, but had his prison time lowered by the Justice Department.

Barr said Trump's tweets created perception problems for the department that called into question its independence, but he denied there was any order from Trump and said Trump's tweets did not factor into the decision.

Murkowski says Barr is expected to sit in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Reality check: Stone was convicted by a jury on seven counts related to lying about his efforts to learn when WikiLeaks would publish damaging emails about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Attorney General William P. Barr's involvement in the Roger Stone case "deeply damaged" the justice system, but nothing he's done merits impeachment. The reversal prompted all four line prosecutors on the case to withdraw from the case, and one of the four to leave DOJ entirely.

"I can not do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me", Barr said, adding: "I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases".

"There should be an investigation", Ms Pelosi said.

"While he has the right to have a conversation with the attorney general, he did not", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters.

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who will be deciding on the sentence for Stone, works on the D.C. Circuit Court under Howell.

Trump targeted the judge and the outgoing prosecutors in other tweets, and retweeted a post that urged a full pardon for Stone as well as Michael Flynn, another former Trump adviser.

Barr has been at the centre of allegations that he decided - allegedly under pressure from Trump - to overrule his own prosecutors and seek a lighter prison sentence for Stone.

Liu was moved from the US attorney's office after Trump nominated her to serve as the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, a top position overseeing economic sanctions. The gulf between the prosecutors and their Justice Department superiors burst into public view the week before Mr.

Additionally, Hart had argued on social media that the president and his supporters are "racist" and even spoke favorably about the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, which resulted in Stone's indictment.

In an interview Wednesday, the California lawmaker said he agreed with Stone's sentence and he shouldn't be treated differently than anyone else who went to trial. "Senate Republicans told us he was going to get better, and he didn't", Democratic Sen.

"Judge Jackson is going to do what Judge Jackson is going to do, and she's familiar with the facts of this case".