Far-left Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal called for Attorney General Bill Barr’s resignation on Wednesday evening after the Justice Department announced that they were recommending Roger Stone a lighter sentence than the previously announced 9 year sentence.
While joining Fox News host Martha MacCallum for an interview, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy shredded the senators, saying that “The notion that Bill Barr should resign is about the dumbest damn thing I have ever heard.”
Warren previously tweeted: “Congress must act immediately to rein in our lawless Attorney General. Barr should resign or face impeachment. And Congress should use spending power to defund the AG’s authority to interfere with anything that affects Trump, his friends, or his elections.” Blumenthal also said, “Attorney General William Barr ought to be ashamed and embarrassed and resign as a result of this action directly interfering in the independent prosecution of Roger Stone.”
During the interview, MacCallum asked Gowdy, “What’s your take on this story?”
Read Gowdy’s response below:
That the prosecutors wanted nine years, Bill Barr thinks that two or three years is more proportional and the only difference between the two is whether you count this eight-level enhancement for actively threatening a witness. If you didn’t have that enhancement, then everyone would agree that Bill Barr’s view of the guidelines is accurate. So the judge is gonna decide whether or not that enhancement is appropriate, supported by the facts.
Martha, this was a trial; she presided over the trial; she listened to the witnesses; she’s uniquely well-positioned to decide whether or not that enhancement should be in play, but the notion — I mean, prosecutors don’t sentence people. Presidents don’t sentence people; Fox News commentators don’t sentence people; judges do. And we give them life tenure so they can make these calls.
But the notion that Bill Barr should resign is about the dumbest damn thing I have ever heard. If a United States senator really believes that the head of the Department of Justice cannot weigh in on what a proportional sentence is — I mean, there are child pornographers who do not get nine years, Martha. There are people who rob banks that don’t get nine years. So let the judge decide. I think two or three year is about right.
MacCallum then followed up by asking the former congressman about his thoughts on how President Trump tweeted about the harsh sentence of Stone.
“I’ve had the same position whether it was Barack Obama or Donald Trump: I do not think the chief executive should be weighing in ongoing investigations or criminal prosecutions,” Gowdy said. “That was my position with President Obama when he weighed in on the “not a smidgeon of corruption”; it’s my position now. I can tell you this: Bill Barr was aware of this recommendation before President Trump ever tweeted a single syllable, a single character. So the notion that Barr was somehow motivated to move because of this tweet is just factually wrong.”
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