Schumer: ‘Trump Might Order The FBI To Investigate Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden’

On the floor of the Senate, Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said President Trump should not have tweeted about the ongoing prosecution of one of his former aides, Roger Stone.

Schumer argued it was an unfair use of the president’s office to influence the Justice Department, something he said could have further implications.

“Does anyone think it’s out of the question that Pres. Trump might order the FBI to investigate Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden or anybody else?” Schumer asked from a podium.

Despite Schumer’s comments, ABC News reports: “The president repeatedly denied Tuesday that he placed his thumb on the scale of justice telling reporters in the Oval Office he did not speak to the Justice Department.”

“I stay out of things to a degree people wouldn’t believe,” Trump said to the group, “but I did not speak to them [the DOJ].” The president said Barr had the “absolute right” to get involved though.

“I thought that the recommendation was ridiculous. I thought that the whole prosecution was ridiculous. And I look at others who have not been prosecuted or where it is now. But when you see that, I thought that it was an insult to the country. It shouldn’t happen. We will see what goes on there, but that was a horrible, aberration,” Trump continued in his remarks per ABC News.

Trump did tweet several times about the case, several of which recognized Attorney General William Barr’s decision to override the four federal prosecutors in the case.

“Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought. Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!” Trump said in one tweet.

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“This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” Trump added in a. “The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!”

ABC News reports:

In November, Stone was convicted on seven counts including five counts of lying to Congress, one count each of witness tampering and obstruction of a proceeding. Federal prosecutors had told a federal judge initially on Monday that Stone should be sentenced to serve seven to nine years in prison for those charges brought against him by former special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian election interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

However, in a stunning turn of events the Justice Department filed an updated sentencing memorandum in its case against Stone on Tuesday, noting that the previous recommendation by prosecutors of seven to nine years for Stone “would not be appropriate” and instead said it “defers to the court” while suggesting more lenient treatment.


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