Quigley Statement on Trump Interference in Stone Sentencing
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after the Department of Justice announced their plan to undercut career federal prosecutors by reducing the sentencing recommendation for President Donald Trump’s campaign ally and friend Roger Stone:
“It is abundantly clear that Attorney General Barr has turned the Department of Justice into another arm of President Trump’s campaign to reward those who lie on his behalf and punish anyone he believes has betrayed him. This decision coming just hours after the President called the original sentencing recommendation ‘unfair’ and a ‘miscarriage of justice’ emphasizes how far we have come from a truly independent Justice Department. This overt politicization of the DOJ marks another dangerous turn toward autocratic behavior by President Trump.
“Roger Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering. He committed a crime and now he must face the consequences. Politics has no place in that process.”
Early this morning, President Trump tweeted, “This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” Stone was convicted by a jury last year of lying to Congress and tampering with a witness. His conviction came as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and stemmed partially from questions Quigley asked Stone during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence deposition.