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'Angst, anger and disappointment': Roger Stone intervention stokes uncertainty across federal justice system

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Nick AckermanIt started, like most of the political firestorms before it, with a tweet.

Unhappy with federal prosecutors’ stiff sentencing recommendation for longtime Republican political operative Roger Stone, President Donald Trump took aim at his own Justice Department.

Soon after, the DOJ backtracked.

More than a week later, and after a cascade of disclosures, virtually every corner of the federal criminal justice system has been shaken. Prosecutors, former prosecutors, even judges have expressed concern about the appearance of political intervention in criminal cases.

Nick Ackerman, a former Watergate prosecutor who served under four presidents at the Justice Department, said Trump is undertaking the most concerted effort to politicize the department in at least 50 years.

"It makes Watergate look like child's play," Ackerman said. "I can't think of anything that comes even close."

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