The White House and Donald Trump himself insists that he did not exert any direct influence on AG William Barr in the Roger Stone sentencing matter.

On Wednesday, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley spoke to reporters about the case. This came after all four prosecutors resigned in protest on Tuesday following the DOJ’s decision to change their sentencing recommendations.

Gidley denied that the president spoke to Barr about the case, but added he has “the right to do so if he wanted to.” The secretary also said he did not know if the president asked the attorney general to investigate anyone at any time. He then dismissed questions regarding the resignation of Stone’s prosecutors.

“Whatever grievance they have, whatever they’re upset about, that’s something you’d have to ask them – I obviously can’t speak for them,” said Gidley. “I can just tell you over here, the president made his thoughts very well known about not just the Mueller investigation, but the sentencing of Roger Stone.”

When asked about a potential pardon for Stone, Gidley said he has not spoken to the president about it.

For his part, President Trump, in typically worded tweets and comments to reporters, dismissed criticism that the Justice Department was abandoning its traditional independence by responding to his unhappiness with the recommendation that Mr. Stone serve up to nine years in prison for obstructing a congressional inquiry.

“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,” Mr. Trump tweeted.

Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) agreed with the DOJ’s decision to reduce its recommended prison sentence for Roger Stone. While speaking to reporters, Graham said a seven to nine year sentence proposal for Stone was not appropriate.

He cited a letter from the victim in the case, in which the person explained they didn’t feel threatened by the former political consultant. Graham suggested the existence of the letter should be enough to reduce Stone’s sentence to three or four years.

The senator added he does not think his committee will investigate the DOJ’s decision. He also said he would not call Attorney General William Barr to testify on this matter.

4 thoughts on “White House Says Trump Did Not Influence Barr on Stone”
  1. Of course he did not but the little cry babies do not want the American people to know the truth.
    At least President Trump gets the medias attention so his tweets are valuable to us.
    When is Hillary going to get charged?

  2. How long will this madness continue?? These ‘leftist’ democrats seem to believe they can DO ANYTHING THEY WISH however, the PRESIDENT CAN ONLY DO WHAT THEY WANT !! Our CONSTITUTIONAL Government has THREE, repeat, THREE branches and they (the democrats) make up only PART OF ONE THIRD. The EXECUTIVE branch is UNDER the DIRECTION of the President and he is the ONLY BOSS of this Branch when I last checked. He has called attention to a GROSS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE which his Attorney General is investigating — for heaven’s sake, let’s watch the proceedings !!

  3. Why should Mr. Stone be put in prison because the Demorats are pinching a temper tantrum
    Maybe put the Demorats in prison for all of the presidential obstruction

  4. Of course they’d “Say that” – — gives an air of “plausible deniability”. And YES he Does have a legitimate right to express his opinion just like anyone else. EVERYONE needs to Grow Up and Grow a pair – DO your Jobs REGARDLESS – Keepy YOUR Integrity – there is Always another Honest Job to be had “somewhere”.
    IF you’re going to be influenced by loss of Status or $ you’ve prostituted your integrity anyway.
    Lots of us have had to give up $, “sales”, Clients, friends, or even Family, or “church” because it was the “Right thing to Do” – was hard or even heartbreaking at the time BUT our consciences don’t bother us forever about it afterwards.

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