The Justice Department is investigating the Sentinel Roger Stone case


Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s spokeswoman Stephanie Logan declined to confirm or provide details about the scope of the inquiry, which was first reported by NBC News.

“Our general practice is not to confirm or refute the existence of any ongoing investigation,” Logan said.

Barr’s decision to ban line prosecutors who persuaded the jury to convict Stone on the seven convicts sparked strong condemnation from Democrats and many members of the legal community, who accused the attorney general of being the president’s longtime political ally Charged. .

Barr insisted that he only took steps to ensure that the prosecution’s recommendation in the case was a reasonable one, given the facts. He said the seven-to-nine-year motion was clearly excessive under the circumstances and in view of the final decision by the judge to sentence Stone to three years and four months – about half what the prosecution had originally recommended .

The attorney general acknowledged that the recommendation was changed after Trump tweeted a condemnation of the original proposal, but Brar said he asked Trump’s weight to modify the aides to be presented in court.

Stone had served a few days in domestic imprisonment and was the head of federal prison in July, when Trump served his remaining sentence.

The case against Stone alleged that he sought to thwart a congressional and Justice Department investigation into alleged contacts between Trump’s political supporters and WikiLeaks concerning the release of email messages during the 2016 campaign. Those emails were seen as harmful to Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

At the time of commutation in July, both Trump and Stone vowed that their informal political counselor would continue with their appeals. The president said that Stone had a strong chance of exaggerating, but the conservative writer and activist dropped his appeal last month, saying his chances of success were too remote.

Barr’s rare intervention led to Stone’s case being withdrawn in protest by all four prosecutors, one of whom left the government altogether.

One of the prosecutors who remained in government, but dropped out of the case, Aaron Zelinsky testified to the House Judiciary Committee in June that prior to the initial sentencing recommendation, the prosecutor staged intense political pressure to soften his recommendation for Stone I came Zelinsky said that the recommendation for early sentencing carefully follows the policy of the Department of Justice in thousands of cases each year.

Barr’s action in the case prompted top House Democrats and at least one influential Republican senator, Senator Chuck Grasley of Iowa, to ask Horowitt to investigate the case.

In the past, Horowitz has written to members of Congress to confirm that he has initiated inquiries into high-profile cases, with lawmakers seeking a review. It was not clear exactly why Horowitz was more taunted about the investigation into the Stone Sentencing verdict.

Kyle Cheney contributed to this report.