“I don’t think any of us should be tweeting about an ongoing case, but having said that, I appreciate the Department of Justice making sure that their recommendations to the court seek justice consistent with the law as it’s written,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told reporters, adding that he had spoken to the Justice Department about the recommendation that morning.
His comments come amid calls from Democrats, including from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, for an “emergency hearing” over the sentencing recommendation and the withdrawal of four top prosecutors in the Stone case.
“I’m not losing any sleep over them stepping down. If they’re pushing for a seven-to-nine-year sentence, in this case. I think that’s ridiculous,” Graham said, pointing to a letter from a witness in the Stone case, Randy Credico, saying he didn’t feel like Stone intimidated him.
Democrats have said the President feels emboldened by his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial. On Wednesday, Graham, a close ally of the President, pushed back against this notion, saying he believes Trump feels “people are out to get him.”
“No, I think he feels like the people are out to get him, going overboard. I mean just put yourself in his shoes,” he told CNN. “I told him, I said, I can understand how you feel that way, but the system did work. Mr. Mueller did his job, found no collusion. Mr. Horowitz did his job. And uh we’ll see, we’ll see what happens in the election.”
CNN’s Manu Raju, Ali Zaslav and Laurie Ure contributed to this report.