Former DOJ Officials Call on Attorney General Barr to Resign

More than 1,000 former U.S. Justice Department officials on Sunday called for Attorney General William Barr to resign over his handling of the trial of a longtime adviser of President Donald Trump.

The former officials, who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations, criticized Barr, the country’s top law enforcement officer, for overruling his own prosecutors in a case that has prompted accusations that the Trump administration is weakening the rule of law.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department abandoned prosecutors’ initial recommendation to give the veteran Republican operative Roger Stone seven to nine years in prison after he was found guilty in November of seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering, prompting all four prosecutors to quit the case.

“It is unheard of for the Department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the President, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case,” said the letter, published on the website Medium.

“Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign,” the letter said.

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump had heavily criticized the original sentencing request for Stone and the Justice Department subsequently abandoned it, instead deciding to make no formal sentencing recommendation.

Democrats blasted the department’s shift in the high-profile case involving Stone, whose friendship with Trump dates back decades. Stone’s trial arose from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that detailed extensive Russian interference in the 2016 election to benefit Trump’s candidacy.

Barr said on Thursday in an interview with broadcaster ABC that Trump’s criticism of those involved in the Stone case “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

(Reporting by Lindsay Dunsmuir; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

Responses

  1. Every post you make Michael (with a capital B) you prove just how utterly stupid and full of shit you really are. He has NEVER been above the law and he has NEVER intended to be. Of course that takes away your talking point so you must lie, as ALL good communists do, to keep it alive. You and your beloved communist friends are going to be really upset when Durham comes out with a book full of criminal charges against your friends. Go take a long walk off a short pier.

  2. “For whatever twisted reasons, he believes that the president should be above the law, and he has as his foil in pursuit of that goal a president who, uniquely in our history, actually aspires to that status. And Barr has acted repeatedly on those beliefs in ways that are more damaging at every turn. Presently he is moving forward with active misuse of the criminal sanction, as one more tool of the president’s personal interests.”
    Donald Ayer

  3. Maybe they’d have been more effective sending the letter to Congress or the WH. Publishing it online is a cry for publicity.

    Good thing it will not make a difference either way. Barr is not resigning and the President is not firing him, at least for now.

  4. Of course they want him to resign. He and Durham have uncovered the plot to overthrow this government and destroy us as a nation of free people. Their communist ideals are becoming very open for all to see. mini boombutt is the worst of the worst and needs to be taken down and put away for life in a windowless cell with no contact. Then we need to do the same for the whole of the demonrat/communist party. Their violence is becoming something we cannot ignore. 1776 number 2 is coming.

  5. More “cancel” culture.
    1. When Eric Holder was actually held in “contempt of Congress” where were cries for his resignation? Has bar faced the same charge?
    2. The “former” Stone prosecution VIOLATED DoJ procedures in recommending a sentence without clearing it with their chain-of-command.

    Barr is a longtime vet of DC. This is his 2nd time as an AG. He’s not going anywhere unless someone can convince the President to remove him.

  6. They weren’t “established policies” they were revenge policies of the unhinged DOJ prosecutors with TDS. Quite frankly, this call for Barr to step down tells me he’s over the target. Keep going Barr. Bring down the corrupt within the DOJ & FBI!

    1. *gasp* the objectivity of the DoJ is false and it’s staffed by partisans and corruptocrats? Say it ain’t so.

      Next you’ll be saying the media isn’t objective.

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