Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski agreed with Democrats that President Trump should not have weighed in on the Roger Stone case.
Collins and Murkowski famously helped Torpedo Obamacare skinny repeal and are considered the Senators, along with Romney to most side with Democrats.
TheHill reports some Republican senators said on Wednesday that President Trump shouldn’t weigh in on pending sentences after he publicly criticized an initial recommendation from the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the case of Roger Stone.
The comments come as senators are facing an onslaught of questions over DOJ’s decision to lower its sentencing recommendation for Stone, a Trump associate, overriding front-line prosecutors.
“I don’t like this chain of events where you have a … proceeding, a sentencing, a recommended sentence, the president weighs in and all of the sudden Justice comes back, says ‘change the deal.’ I think most people would look at that and say ‘hmm, that just doesn’t look right.’ And I think they’re right,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters.
Murkowski added while she didn’t “think the president should be determining what the sentences are,” she also didn’t expect that he would make the ultimate decision. Stone’s prison sentence will be decided by an Obama-appointed federal judge.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told reporters that Trump “should not have gotten involved.”
“I think the president would be better served by never commenting on a pending federal investigations. I said that back when the Mueller investigation was going on, and it’s certainly the case when you’re at a sentencing stage,” Collins said, asked about Democrats’ claims of political interference. She referenced a separate DOJ probe by former special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election.