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Prosecutors accuse Barr and Justice Department of politicizing investigations

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Aaron Zelinsky testifies before House Judiciary CommitteeTwo prosecutors in the Justice Department leveled remarkable allegations against Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department on Wednesday, accusing senior Justice Department officials of politicizing DOJ investigations and the sentencing of a friend of President Donald Trump.

Aaron Zelinsky, a prosecutor on former special counsel Robert Mueller's team, told a congressional committee that the sentencing recommendation for Trump's longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone was watered down due to political pressure from the "highest levels" of the Justice Department as a result of Stone's "relationship with the President." Zelinsky, who now works in the Maryland US Attorney's Office, said in response to questions from House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler that Barr's decision in the Stone case was wrong, unethical and against department policy.
"What I heard, repeatedly, was that this leniency was happening because of Stone's relationship to the President, that the acting US Attorney from the District of Columbia was receiving heavy pressure from the highest levels of the Department of Justice, and his instructions to us were based on political considerations," Zelinsky said.

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