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 McCarthyOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? McCarthy to offer bill withholding funds from states that don't protect statues McCarthy calls on Pelosi to condemn 'mob violence' after toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue MORE (R-Calif.) on Thursday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE did not interfere in the criminal case of his former associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneRoger Stone asks court to delay prison sentence over coronavirus concerns Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases Judge gives Stone an extra 14 days to report to prison 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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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.