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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 McCarthyRocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire Trump is out of touch with Republican voters on climate change The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight MORE (R-Calif.) on Thursday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE did not interfere in the criminal case of his former associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneTrump grants clemency to five nonviolent offenders Trump remarks put pressure on Barr DOJ veteran says he's quitting over Barr's 'slavish obedience' to Trump 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.