Congressman-turned-Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy berated Democrats on the conservative-leaning news network for demanding that Attorney General William Barr resign.
The calls came following what some perceive to be political meddling in the Roger Stone case by President Trump and the leadership at the Justice Department.
For his part, Gowdy agreed with the prevailing sentiment from conservatives that the prosecution’s initial sentencing recommendation for Stone was excessive while advising President Trump against weighing in publicly. (Fox News)
“I’ve had the same position whether it was Barack Obama or Donald Trump: I do not think the chief executive should be weighing in ongoing investigations or criminal prosecutions,” Gowdy told “The Story.”
On Tuesday, Trump offered “congratulations” to Attorney General Bill Barr after the Justice Department submitted an amended filing seeking a lighter sentence for the former Trump campaign adviser than prosecutors initially recommended — a move that comes as Democrats accuse the White House of politicizing the department and followed the withdrawal of all four prosecutors from the case in apparent protest.
Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought. Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal, called on Barr to resign Wednesday, while the House Judiciary Committee announced it’ll grill the attorney general during a March 31 hearing over his handling of the sentencing.
“I can tell you this: Bill Barr was aware of this recommendation before President Trump ever tweeted a single syllable, a single character. So the notion that Barr was somehow motivated to move because of this tweet is just factually wrong,” said Gowdy, a Fox News contributor.