House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said Attorney General William Barr “deeply damaged the rule of law” by withdrawing the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s longtime friend and associate, Roger Stone. “What a sad disappointment to our country,” Pelosi said of Barr, who Trump nominated to lead the Justice Department in late 2018. “The American people deserve better.” Pelosi also directly criticized Trump, arguing that he “thinks he’s above the law.” “This is an abuse of power that the president is again trying to manipulate federal law enforcement to serve his political interests,” she said. A jury convicted Stone in November on charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his efforts to gather damaging information about Hillary Clinton. On Tuesday, Trump criticized as unduly harsh the initial sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years made by front-line prosecutors. Shortly thereafter, the Justice Department signaled that it would seek a more lenient sentence for Stone.