June 23, 2020 / 7:07 PM / 10 days ago

Career Justice Department staff to outline political meddling in Stone, antitrust cases

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - The federal office that led the prosecution of President Donald Trump’s friend Roger Stone received “heavy pressure from the highest levels of the Department of Justice” to ease its sentencing recommendation, career prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky plans to tell Congress, according to his prepared remarks.

Zelinsky, who withdrew from the Roger Stone case, will testify on Wednesday before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee about political pressures that his office faced.

He will appear alongside John Elias, a career antitrust lawyer who separately will testify about political interference in antitrust cases involving marijuana companies and the auto industry. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Diane Bartz; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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