McCarthy says Trump did not interfere in Roger Stone case

McCarthy says Trump did not interfere in Roger Stone case
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySunday shows preview: 2020 Democrats jockey for top spot ahead of Nevada caucuses GOP climate plan faces pushback — from Republicans House GOP campaign arm mocks Democrats after stumbling upon internal info on races MORE (R-Calif.) on Thursday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE did not interfere in the criminal case of his former associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneTrump says he has 'total confidence' in Barr Judge refuses to delay Stone sentencing In defense of William Barr MORE.

McCarthy distanced Trump from the decision by the Justice Department to recommend a lesser sentence for Stone than the one initially called for by its prosecuting team, saying it was reached before Trump publicly weighed in on the matter.

“The answer to your question is no, the president is not interfering, because if you listen to the Department of Justice, they made the decision before the tweet ever went out," McCarthy said at a press conference on Thursday. 

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Congressional Democrats including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Lawmakers push back at Trump's Pentagon funding grab for wall Malaysia says it will choose 5G partners based on own standards, not US recommendations MORE (D-Calif.) have called for an investigation into whether Trump attempted to influence the Justice Department's involvement in the case, with Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellChris Wallace: 'Just insane' Swalwell is talking impeaching Trump again McCarthy says Trump did not interfere in Roger Stone case House intelligence briefing on worldwide threat assessment delayed MORE (D-Calif.) saying Congress should not rule out the possibility of impeaching Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump says he has 'total confidence' in Barr In defense of William Barr Trump suggests he may sue over Mueller investigation MORE

Trump in a tweet called the initial recommendation "horrible," and he praised the lesser sentence recommendation. 

Pelosi argued Trump, who was acquitted of impeachment charges just last week, had abused his power. 

“This is an abuse of power. The president is again trying to manipulate federal law enforcement to serve his political interests,” she said.