The top White House aide’s remarks come amid blowback over the Justice Department’s backtracking on its sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that while President Donald Trump “works hand in glove” with Attorney General William Barr, Trump never asked Barr to intervene in Roger Stone’s criminal case.
“The president hasn’t done that,” Conway said on “Fox News Sunday.” “He said he hasn’t done it. Bill Barr said he hasn’t done it. He hasn’t done it. That’s incredibly important.”
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it was backtracking on its sentencing recommendation for Stone, Trump’s longtime confidant, hours after the president complained about the case on Twitter.
Conway said it was “disingenuous” to say presidents don’t comment on criminal matters.
“The president of the United States has not asked or directed his attorney general privately to do anything in any criminal matter, including Roger Stone,” she said. “Number two, he works hand in glove with the attorney general, as we all are privileged to do, on any number of matters that affect this country.”