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Top Roger Stone prosecutor slams Barr for influencing cases against Trump allies

May 11, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: Roger Stone, former adviser and confidante to U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia after being sentenced February 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Portraying himself as the 'dirty trickster of American politics,' Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for obstruction, lying to Congress and witness tampering, charges stemming from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The top prosecutor of Roger Stone -- who quit the Justice Department when his superiors overruled his team's work on the case before Stone's sentencing -- slammed Attorney General William Barr for influencing cases against President Donald Trump's friends and accused him of undermining the integrity of the department, in a Washington Post op-ed published Monday.

Washington (CNN)The top prosecutor of Roger Stone -- who quit the Justice Department when his superiors overruled his team's work on the case before Stone's sentencing -- slammed Attorney General William Barr for influencing cases against President Donald Trump's friends and accused him of undermining the integrity of the department, in a Washington Post op-ed published Monday.

Jonathan Kravis and the other federal prosecutors who quit the Stone case had not spoken publicly about it, and the op-ed breaks Kravis' silence on why he left and how he thought Barr had handled the case.

It adds to a growing backlash against Barr's moves in the cases from top former officials; a day earlier, former Justice Department national security chief Mary McCord also condemned Barr in a New York Times op-ed.

"In both cases, the department undercut the work of career employees to protect an ally of the president, an abdication of the commitment to equal justice under the law," Kravis wrote.

Kravis discusses his decision to resign three months ago from Stone's case, saying he left a job "I loved because I believed the department had abandoned its responsibility to do justice in one of my cases, United States v.

"At the time, I thought that the handling of the Stone case, with senior officials intervening to recommend a lower sentence for a longtime ally of President Trump, was a disastrous mistake that the department would not make again.

Late last month, Kravis told CNN that his protest resignation from the Justice Department was "the most painful professional experience" of his career but he refused to say much else about the Stone case and his departure.

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