Senate Democrats plan to examine the Justice Department’s decision to reduce the recommended prison sentence for Roger Stone, a former associate of President Trump who was convicted of obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to Congress.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said that Roger Stone should serve all of the 7 to 9 prison sentence originally recommended by prosecutors.
DOJ sources told news outlets that Justice Department officials will scale back the sentence, which they said was excessive.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he disagreed with the move.
“Roger Stone should get the full amount of time prosecutors recommended,” Schumer told reporters Tuesday.
He said the Senate would investigate the reversal, which Justice Department officials said was unrelated to President Trump’s tweet Monday night criticizing the sentence.
“We are going to do some oversight of that,” Schumer said.
Schumer claimed that the DOJ had been diverted “to Donald Trump’s personal desires and needs” and told “to prosecute his enemies and help his friends.”
On Monday night, President Trump called the sentence “a horrible and very unfair situation.”
Roger Stone served briefly as an adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign. He was convicted in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.