Trump declines to rule out pardon for Roger Stone

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined to say whether he was considering a pardon for his longtime confidant Roger Stone, leaving open the possibility for such action just a day after the Department of Justice announced they would reduce Stone’s recommended sentencing.

"I don’t want to say yet," Trump told reporters when asked during an event in the Oval Office if he was considering pardoning Stone.

"People were hurt viciously and badly by these corrupt people," Trump continued. "I want to thank the Justice Department for seeing this horrible thing."

The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it was reducing the recommended seven to nine years sentence for Stone hours after Trump complained about it on Twitter. The Department’s move prompted all four prosecutors on the case to abruptly resign from the proceedings.

"I'm not concerned about anything, concerned about nothing," Trump said when asked if he found the prosecutors' departure troubling. "They ought to go back to school and learn because I'll tell you, the way they treated people, nobody should be treated like that."

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday called for an emergency hearing and investigation into the Department of Justice's actions. The House Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that Attorney General William Barr has agreed to testify in March and that they plan to ask him about Stone's case.

Trump denied that his tweets criticizing Stone's sentence amounted to interfering with the case, telling reporters that Stone "was treated very badly" and that the initial sentencing recommendation was a "disgrace". 

Trump also briefly discussed impeachment at Wednesday's event.

When asked what lessons he had learned from being impeached, Trump attacked Democrats.

"That the Democrats are crooked," he responded. "That they’re vicious, that they shouldn’t have brought impeachment."



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Wheres the Outrage Suspect Who Drove Van Into Trump Campaign Volunteers Admits Political Motive

On Saturday, 27-year-old Gregory William Loel Timm intentionally crashed his van into a tent where Trump campaign volunteers were registering voters Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla., in a Walmart parking lot.

After plowing through the tent with his van, Timm stopped, got out of the van, then took a video of the scene before flipping off the victims and fleeing. No one was injured during the incident.

The Republican Party of Duval County posted pictures of the scene on Twitter:

Ronna McDaniel ✔@GOPChairwoman

These unprovoked, senseless attacks on @realDonaldTrump's supporters need to end. I want to echo the @DuvalGOP in saying: We will not be silenced by cowards, and these disgusting acts will only make us work harder to win November. 

Duval County GOP ✔@DuvalGOP

Today in Jacksonville, Florida six Trump Campaign volunteers were intentionally targeted while registering voters.

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Bernie Sanders Wins The New Hampshire Democratic Primary

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Sanders edged out Pete Buttigieg, while Amy Klobuchar surged to a strong third place. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden lagged far behind.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the projected winner of the New Hampshire primary, according to NBC News and ABC News. 

His victory in the Granite State, combined with his strong showing in the chaotic Iowa caucuses, places him as the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race. 

“The reason I believe we are going to win is that we have an unprecedented grassroots movement from coast to coast of millions of people,” Sanders told supporters at his victory party on Tuesday night. “The reason we are going to win is that we are putting together an unprecedented multigenerational, multiracial movement.”

“In this point in the campaign, we are taking on billionaires and we are taking on campaigns funded by billionaires, but we are going to win because we have an agenda that speaks to the needs of the working people of this country,” he added. 

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg appeared headed for a second-place finish in New Hampshire, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) in third and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and former Vice President Joe Biden trailing behind. 

The results of the first two states have thrown the Democratic race into a tailspin, with front-runners dropping and lower-tier candidates surging. 

The person struggling most after Iowa and New Hampshire is Biden, who was the leader of the race and considered so formidable that other more moderate or establishment candidates decided not to run. 

But the next leg of the presidential campaign will look very different from what’s come so far. Iowa and New Hampshire are both overwhelmingly white states, while Nevada and South Carolina ― which come later this month ― are significantly more diverse. 

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Three Roger Stone prosecutors resign from case after DOJ backpedals on sentencing recommendation

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Three prosecutors in Roger Stone's criminal case abruptly resigned from the case on Tuesday after the Justice Department said it planned to reduce the recommended sentence for the longtime Trump associate.

The Justice Department on Tuesday said it was pulling back on its request to sentence Stone to seven to nine years in prison after President Donald Trump blasted the sentencing proposal as "a miscarriage of justice."

The revised recommendation doesn't ask for a particular sentence but says the one that was recommended earlier "does not accurately reflect the Department of Justice’s position on what would be a reasonable sentence in this matter."

"The defendant committed serious offenses and deserves a sentence of incarceration," but 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. Ultimately, the government defers to the Court as to what specific sentence is appropriate under the facts and circumstances of this case," the filing said.

After the reports of the imminent softer sentencing recommendation, lead prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky withdrew as a prosecutor in the case. A footnote in his court filing noted that "the undersigned attorney has resigned effective immediately."

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Zelinsky, who was a part of former special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election interference, is not resigning from the Justice Department but is leaving the Washington, D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office and returning to his old job with the U.S. Attorney in Maryland.

Another one of the prosecutors, Jonathan Kravis, also resigned— both from the case and his job as an assistant U.S. attorney. Kravis on Tuesday filed a notice with the judge saying he "no longer represents the government in this matt

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