Katko calls Trump tweets ‘inappropriate’ after weighing in on federal cases online

Congressman John Katko, a Republican, is breaking stride with his party in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

He called it ‘inappropriate’ for President Donald Trump to comment on pending federal cases.

“As a former federal prosecutor for over 20 years, I am committed to preserving the independence of our judicial system and believe prosecutors must remain insulated from external pressures,” Katko said in the statement. “Interference of any kind further complicates the ability of prosecutors to do what is already a very difficult job. It was inappropriate for the President to comment on a pending federal case and I believe he should avoid doing so in the future.”

Trump’s comments about the sentencing of Roger Stone are what drew Katko’s criticism. Stone is one of Trump’s longtime allies and confidants and has been convicted of charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress.

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