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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 WarrenHillicon Valley: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' Warren: Trump is 'a danger to democracy' Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday called for Attorney General William BarrBill BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Judge's decision on Barr memo puts spotlight on secretive DOJ office Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud MORE to resign in light of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) move to ask for a shorter prison sentence for Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneCohen on Giuliani: 'Chickens coming home to roost' There was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE, a longtime ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments 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 GrahamHouse to advance appropriations bills in June, July The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won 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.