Updated Feb 12, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump rages against his own DOJ after Stone prosecutors quit

President Trump speaks to reporters at the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump railed on Twitter against Department of Justice prosecutors who recommended Roger Stone serve 7–9 years in prison Tuesday night — and he later tweeted, "Prosecutorial Misconduct?"

"Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn't ever even have started? 13 Angry Democrats?"

The big picture: All four prosecutors who tried Stone in November withdrew from the case on Tuesday afternoon after the DOJ made a downgraded sentencing recommendation against Stone, who was found guilty in November for crimes including obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering.

  • Hours before the DOJ intervention, Trump said in an early morning tweet that the original sentencing request was "disgraceful." "Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!" he added.
  • In a Tuesday evening Twitter post, Trump criticized the judge presiding over Stone's case, Amy Berman Jackson, after it was pointed out that she had overseen Mueller investigation cases — including that of his now-imprisoned former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. He also targeted his 2016 Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton, who responded to his tweet.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details and context.

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