S.J. Zelinsky, who was among the U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors who quit the Roger Stone case after Donald Trump interfered, has agreed to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing regarding the case.
According to The New York Times, Zelinsky is set to testify next Wednesday, June 24.
Zelinsky was among the DOJ officials that were subpoenaed by House Democrats. Other officials include John W. Elias, who has also agreed to testify at the hearing, and Attorney General William Barr, who refused to comply with the subpoena.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler — the New York Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee — asserted, “The attorney general — who cites his busy schedule as a basis for refusing to appear before the House Judiciary Committee but has made time for multiple television interviews — may have abdicated his responsibility to Congress, but the brave men and women of our civil service have not. The committee welcomes the testimony of current and former department officials who will speak to the lasting damage the president and the attorney general have inflicted on the Department of Justice.”
According to Schwartz and Savage, another person who is expected to testify at the June 24 hearing is Donald Ayer, who served as deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Barr replaced Ayer as deputy attorney general and later became attorney general under Bush 41.
It was back in February when Zelinsky and other DOJ prosecutors decided to leave the Stone case after Trump railed against a DOJ recommendation of a nine-year prison sentence for Stone.
In response, Zelinsky and two other prosecutors quit Stone’s case — and a fourth prosecutor left the DOJ altogether.
On February 11, Trump tweeted, “Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn’t ever even have started? 13 Angry Democrats?”
Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn’t ever even have started? 13 Angry Democrats?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020