Hours after four prosecutors recommended a seven to nine year sentence for the longtime Trump associate on Monday night, the president railed against the decision, calling it "very terrible and unfair".
As for any blowback against Justice or Barr, whose involvement came after Trump was critical of the proposed Stone sentence, Dershowitz emphasized that the president has constitutional authority to direct the Department of Justice to change its sentencing recommendations.
Attorney General Bill Barr has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next month as Democrats express numerous concerns about his Justice Department tenure, the committee said Wednesday.
Barr has faced significant criticism from Democrats and Trump critics in the past 24 hours over the Department of Justice's (DOJ) handling of Stone's criminal case. He was charged with witness tampering, obstructing an official proceeding, and five counts of making false statements and convicted on them late previous year. "What he's fueling is a claim later on that [the Durham] investigation is just a political tool and I don't think that what he wants to do", said McCarthy.
Democrats plan to ask Barr about the department's decision to overrule four federal prosecutors on the amount of prison time recommended for Stone.
The departures leave in limbo the resolution of a case that was one of the signature prosecutions of Mueller's team and that cut to the heart of his mission - to determine whether the Trump team had access to non-public information about Democratic emails hacked by Russian operatives and provided to WikiLeaks.
Dershowitz, who recently found himself back in a white-hot spotlight for assisting President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team, said of the Stone dust-up: "Maybe this will alert the public to the awful injustices going on every day in our justice system".
Top Democrats are pushing for the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing to review the decision that led to the sudden resignation of all four prosecutors Tuesday from the Stone criminal case. Stone was investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Trump-Russia investigation and convicted in federal court of lying to Congress and witness tampering. It appears he continues to work for the Justice Department in his earlier capacity with the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. But Trump's outrageous comments about the original sentence recommendation - and his history of interfering in the administration of justice - require that the decision be investigated.