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S.J. Zelinsky was among the Department of Justice prosecutors who quit the Roger Stone case in February in response to interference from President Donald Trump. And Zelinsky, according to New York Times reporters Mattathias Schwartz and Charlie Savage, has agreed to testify about Stone's case and interference from Trump and Attorney General William Barr next week on Wednesday, June 24 before the House Judiciary Committee.

House Democrats subpoenaed Zelinsky and another DOJ official, John W. Elias, who has also agreed to testify at the hearing. But one person who has refused to testify is Barr, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler — the New York Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee — slammed him for it in an official statement.


Nadler 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.

Zelinsky and other DOJ prosecutors in the Stone case were outraged when Trump, in February, 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?"

On February 20, Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Stone (a veteran GOP operative and long-time Trump ally) to 40 months in federal prison.

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Although President Donald Trump still has his hardcore MAGA base, he is not universally loved on the right by any means. Never Trump conservatives believe that he has been detrimental to the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and some who voted for Trump in 2016 aren't planning to vote for him again this year. Voters who have changed their minds about Trump are the focus of a New York Times article published Wednesday by reporters Claire Cain Miller, Kevin Quealy and Nate Cohn.

In their article, the Times journalists aren't talking about Never Trumpers who opposed Trump from the beginning — and they note that most of the voters who supported Trump in 2016 are still supporting him now. But they delve into some reasons why onetime supporters have turned against Trump and can't bring themselves to vote for him again.

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