Transcript for Trump fires back after allegations of interference in Roger Stone case
where president trump is adding fuel to the firestorm over the Roger stone case attacking the judge and congratulating attorney general Barr for lightening the sentence for his friend. They're calling for an investigation and Cecilia Vega tracking the story. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: George, good morning to you. President trump is not backing down from this one. He insists there was no political interference on his part over a justice department that is supposed to be independent. Even as he faces allegations of political interference, president trump this morning is standing firm, praising the justice department for recommending a reduced prison sentence for his longtime confidant Roger stone. We have killers, murderers and put a man in jail and destroy his wife, family, children. Nine years in jail. It's a disgrace. Reporter: Tweeting his congratulations to attorney general bill Barr for, quote, taking charge of a case that was totally out of control. Outraged Democrats now planning to grill Barr at an upcoming hearing on capitol hill saying the ordeal raises grave questions about his leadership. It's part of a growing fallout after the justice department overruled its own prosecutors who recommended a seven to nine-year prison sentence for stone. Justice officials recommending a lesser sentence, a move that came after president trump publicly criticized the original recommendation as horrible and very unfair. Four prosecutors stepping down from the case in protest. But now president trump insisting he did not speak to Barr about stone's sentencing. I didn't speak to him by the way just so you understand. They saw the horribleness of a nine-year sense for doing nothing. Reporter: It was based on stone's conviction of witness tampering, lying to congress and obstructing congress' Russia investigation. Even the president's most ardent allies expressing concern. I don't think the president should have tweeted about an ongoing case. I think this is a situation where the tweet was very problematic. Reporter: But president trump undeterred asked if he's considering a pardon for his longtime friend -- I don't want to say that yet. Reporter: Well, as for the judge on stone's indicate the president is attacking her on take a look. He said, quote, is this the judge that put Paul manafort in sol industry confinement. Something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure. Her name is judge Ami Berman Jackson and oversaw manafort's tension as well as others in the Russia investigation but, George, as a judge she did not have anything to do with manafort's confinement. This is not the first time the president hasn't gone after a judge he's not happy with. A remarkable broadside overnight from the president's former chief of staff John Kelly taking on the president on just about every issue. Reporter: The topics go one after the next. On illegal immigration he said migrants are overwhelmingly good people and North Korea his attempts to negotiate with Kim Jong-un are futile because he will never give up nuclear weapons and defends Alexander vindman who was just booted from the white house reassigned in the wake of his testimony on impeachment against president Kelly says that the president's call to investigate Biden, George, listen to this, was, quote, tantamount to an illegal order this. Is really something coming from the former chief of staff. He talked about things he could have stopped had he been there, he says. The final tally in from new
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