By VOA News
February 12, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump praised his attorney general, William Barr, on Wednesday for intervening in the political corruption case against Trump confidant Roger Stone to seek a reduced sentence after career prosecutors had recommended a term of up to nine years.

"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," Trump said on Twitter about the case linked to the long investigation of the 2016 election won by Trump.

Four career government prosecutors -- all of whom left the case after Barr intervened -- had recommended that the 67-year-old Stone, a long-time political trickster on behalf of Republican candidates, be handed a seven-to-nine-year term. He was convicted in November of seven charges, including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction of the congressional investigation stemming from then-special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the election.

After the prosecutors, who are part of the Justice Department headed by Barr, made their sentencing recommendation, top Justice officials said they were shocked by the length of the suggested term for Stone when he is sentenced next week…….

Steve Herman, Ken Bredemeier contributed to this story.

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