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Report: Jessie Liu Resigns After President Pulls Nomination

She resigned from the Treasury Department just a few days after the president withdrew her nomination for a top position.
Posted at 5:44 PM, Feb 13, 2020

Former U.S. attorney Jessie Liu reportedly resigned from the Treasury Department after President Donald Trump withdrew her nomination for a top position. Her Senate confirmation hearing had been scheduled for Thursday. An administration official told CNN Wednesday was Liu's last day.

She left her post after President Trump nominated her to serve as the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes. According to NBC News, Attorney General William Barr asked her to leave. Liu's office oversaw several high-profile cases that came out of former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, including the case of Roger Stone, who is convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and more. 

All four federal prosecutors in Stone's case left the proceeding after the Justice Department said it planned on reducing his recommended prison sentence of 7 to 9 years. President Trump had criticized the sentencing in a tweet earlier that same day. The DOJ has said it made the decision before the president's tweet.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly said the recommended sentence was 9 years. This story has been updated.

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