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    President of U.S. Donald Trump, during a statement in 2017. | Photo: EFE

Published 13 February 2020
Opinion

"There should be an investigation," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the leading Democrat in Congress, meanwhile other Democrats accused Trump of purging the U.S. government of alleged enemies after his acquittal of impeachment charges last week.

The U.S. Democratic Party is calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to lower the sentencing recommendation for White House leader's friend Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction, and manipulation of witnesses.

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The sudden decision by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to request a lighter prison term for Donald Trump's former campaign aide, Roger Stone, a self-proclaimed "dirty trickster," set off alarm bells throughout Washington. 

"There should be an investigation," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the leading Democrat in Congress, meanwhile other Democrats accused Trump of purging the U.S. government of alleged enemies after his acquittal of impeachment charges last week.

All points that the White House is involved in the decision of the Attorney General, who on Thursday condemned Stone's initial recommendation of seven to nine years as "excessive and unwarranted. "
Trump published a tweet shortly before U.S. Attorney General made the decision public, admiring Barr for "taking over a process that was totally out of control." 

This unexpected decision puts the credibility of the American judicial system in crisis, which could undermine the integrity of federal prosecutors and politicize the legal management of Donald Trump's friends and enemies.

"This is a credibility crisis," declared to the press Sasha Samberg-Champion, a former federal appeals attorney. "No one knows whether decisions are made based on fact and law, or whether they are based on a political whim."

The Stone case will determine whether political interference in the justice system will be allowed. "Once occurred there's nothing to stop it from happening again," the specialist said.

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