KEY POINTS

  • Trump took a swipe at the reigned prosecutors calling them Mueller people on Twitter
  • Critics and Democrats questioned Trump's involvement in the case
  • Trump later clarified that he did not discuss the Robert stone case with DOJ officials

President Donald Trump took a swipe at the judge and the prosecutors who resigned from the case of his former campaign manager Roger Stone.

All four prosecutors in the Roger Stone case resigned Tuesday after attorney general Bill Barr overruled the original recommendations of a seven to a nine-year prison sentence for Stone. In the wake of their resignation, Trump took a swipe at the prosecutors as critics and Democrats opposed his actions which seemed to blur the line between the executive branch and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

"Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9-year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn’t ever even have started? 13 Angry Democrats?" Trump tweeted late Tuesday.

One of the prosecutors involved in the case, Aaron Zelinsky had worked on former special counsel Robert Mueller's team, The Hill reported.

Trump also took a swipe at the judge overseeing the Stone case, Amy Berman Jackson in his tweet saying his long time confidant was treated unfairly by her. 

"Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure? How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking!" he said in his tweet.

The DOJ recommendation urged Jackson to consider Stone’s “advanced age, health, personal circumstances, and lack of criminal history in fashioning an appropriate sentence.”

The DOJ’s involvement came a day after Trump had criticized the initial sentence as "ridiculous" and "a miscarriage of justice." The timing of the involvement raised questions whether Barr had interceded in the President’s favor.

However, Trump told reporters later that he had not discussed Stone’s case with the DOJ officials, even though he had the right to do so. 

Stone was found guilty of witness tampering and lying to Congress regarding his efforts to provide the Trump campaign inside information about WikiLeaks in 2016. While the DOJ recommendation admitted that Barr committed serious crimes, it said that based "on the facts known to the government, a sentence of between 87 to 108 months’ imprisonment, however, could be considered excessive and unwarranted under the circumstances.”

Donald Trump With the impeachment controversy behind him, US President Donald Trump will focus on trumpeting his economic record as he seeks reelection in November. A Florida man was arrested outside the White House on Saturday after saying he wanted to assassinate Trump. Photo: AFP / Nicholas Kamm