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Maxine Waters blasts Trump as 'mafia boss' over Stone case

Maxine Waters blasts Trump as 'mafia boss' over Stone case
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed | Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing | JPMorgan: Economy will shrink in first quarter due to COVID-19 spike Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed Maxine Waters says Biden win is 'dawn of a new progressive America' MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE a “mafia boss” after the Justice Department lowered the sentencing recommendation for his associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE

The California Democrat alleged the president is using Attorney General Bill Barr to “get his criminal friends out of jail,” calling that “the tip of the iceberg.” She suggested Trump will grant clemency to former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next On The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges to NY high court MORE, in addition to Stone. 

“Trump will pardon Flynn, Manafort, & Stone b/c the GOP cowards in the Sen bowed to his feet,” she posted. “Repubs now stand for crime, corruption, autocracy, & Russia! They are PATHETIC!” 

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Waters also referenced the emergency meeting with independent Federal Judges Association planned for Wednesday to “talk about the danger to our country.”

“The judges know what Barr did is not ordinary. Stay tuned for meeting & whether the judges release an opinion!” she tweeted.

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“Trump doesn’t seem to care that it’s rumored he has mafia associations, but he sure acts like a mafia boss!” she added. 

Waters also cited the letter signed by more than 2,000 former Justice Department officials who called on Barr to resign amid the Stone scandal.

The Federal Judges Association scheduled a meeting regarding the Justice Department’s actions, with its president, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe, saying it “could not wait” until the spring conference. 

Prosecutors originally suggested that Stone, a longtime ally of Trump’s, serve a seven to nine year sentence after being convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering. But the department intervened, saying it requested a “far less” sentence after Trump tweeted that the proposed sentence was unfair. 

The Justice Department’s involvement has prompted several Democrats to call for the attorney general’s resignation. 

Trump also granted presidential pardons to four individuals Tuesday: former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevic (D), former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, financier Michael Milken and former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr.