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Warren renews call for Barr to resign over Roger Stone sentencing

Warren renews call for Barr to resign over Roger Stone sentencing
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenStudent loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday called for Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Two-thirds say the election was fair: poll The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other MORE to resign in light of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) move to ask for a shorter prison sentence for Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneWould Trump have gotten away with a self-pardon? History will never know Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts Presidential pardons need to go MORE, a longtime ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE

"Congress must act immediately to rein in our lawless Attorney General," Warren, a 2020 presidential candidate who has previously called for Barr's resignation, said on Twitter. "Barr should resign or face impeachment. And Congress should use spending power to defund the AG’s authority to interfere with anything that affects Trump, his friends, or his elections."

The demand from Warren came just a day after four federal prosecutors arguing the case against Stone resigned en masse ahead of the Justice Department's request for a lighter sentence than the one they had originally proposed. 

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The prosecution team on Monday recommended that Stone serve seven to nine years in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering. The charges stemmed from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's investigation into Russia's election interference. 

Trump immediately condemned the recommendation, calling it "horrible" and "unfair," and his criticism was followed by reports that DOJ would revise its initial sentencing suggestion. The department later told a federal judge that its initial recommendation did not "accurately reflect" its position and that the judge should impose a sentence of "far less" than seven to nine years. 

The Justice Department has denied that it communicated with the White House prior to the revised sentencing recommendation's release. 

Trump on Wednesday praised Barr for "taking charge" of Stone's case, saying that it was "totally out of control" and that charges should never have been brought. 

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The developments have prompted widespread calls from Democratic lawmakers and former government officials for an investigation. Multiple Senate Democrats have demanded that Barr testify publicly, though Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February MORE (R-S.C.) indicated that he would not call him before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Warren placed blame on Republican lawmakers for the recent episode involving potential political interference in Justice Department matters. 

"Trump can continue his corrupt rampages and vendettas because elected Republicans do nothing. They lack the courage and backbone shown by four career prosecutors who stepped down rather than facilitate the Attorney General’s corrupt scheme," she said, before calling on Congress to act. 

She also cited her plan to create an independent DOJ task force if she's elected president that would investigate alleged crimes by Trump administration officials. She urged other Democratic presidential candidates to commit to a similar plan. 

"Trump and Barr’s conduct has no place in our democracy," she said. "To end it, Congress must act — and the American people must hold them accountable in November."

This isn't the first time Barr has faced calls for his resignation since being confirmed as attorney general. Warren and several other Democrats demanded that he step down last May over his handling of Mueller's report on Russia's election interference and possible obstruction of justice by the president. 

--Updated at 1:19 p.m.