This week, it was announced that the Department of Justice had made the decision to reduce Roger Stones’ recommended sentence.
Those who made the recommendation were four career prosecutors of the DOJ who recommended that his prison sentence be seven to nine years for having lied to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction. After making the recommendation on Tuesday, the four the prosecutors resigned from their posts.
In response to the recommended prison sentence, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) called for an Inspector General to open an investigation into the decision made by the Department of Justice.
On Twitter, Schumer made the announcement, saying that there should be “an immediate investigation of why the Roger Stone sentencing recommendations by career prosecutors were countermanded.”
To the DOJ Inspector General:
I’m calling for an immediate investigation of why the Roger Stone sentencing recommendations by career prosecutors were countermanded.
The American people must have confidence that justice in this country is dispensed impartially. pic.twitter.com/vaBtC1FlUI
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 12, 2020
He added that “the American people must have confidence that justice in this country is dispensed impartially.”
He also shared a letter directed to The Honorable Michael E. Horowitz, arguing that “this situation has all the indicia of improper political interference in a criminal prosecution,” which is why he is making the “request that you immediately investigate this matter to determine how and why the Stone sentencing recommendations were countermanded, which Justice Department officials made this decision, and which White House officials were involved.”