More than 1100 ex-Justice Department officials call for Barr's resignation

Clay Curtis
February 18, 2020

The report states the letter insists, "Each of us strongly condemns President Trump's and Attorney General Barr's interference in the fair administration of justice", adding those actions "require Mr. Barr to resign". The nonpartisan, nonprofit group said that the attorney general has "flouted" that fundamental principal. "One should not see that as anything other than but what it is", Nunez said, pointing out that Barr "didn't say to stop tweeting, because the fact of the matter is, with 90% of the media being hard left and really just working for the Democratic Party, the president has to be able to tweet".

The letter published Sunday on Medium addresses actions Barr took to change the recommendation his department made for the sentencing of Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump.

Barr's maintained that he was not directed to issue the stunning reversal on Stone's sentencing recommendation this week, a move that pushed four prosecutors to leave the Stone case, and one to leave the department entirely.

Barr has said he did not talk to the president about the Stone sentence, but current and former Justice Department officials have criticized the attorney general sharply.

"Although there are times when political leadership appropriately weighs in on individual prosecutions, 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", the petition said. "The Justice Manual - the DOJ's rulebook for its lawyers - states that "the rule of law depends on the evenhanded administration of justice"; that the Department's legal decisions "must be impartial and insulated from political influence"; and that the Department's prosecutorial powers, in particular, must be 'exercised free from partisan consideration, '" the petition stated.

It comes as Barr spoke out for the first time to ABC News' Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.

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Mr. Barr's intervention drew criticism from Democrats who accused him of running political interference for the president, and four Stone prosecutors abruptly resigned.

Attorney Robert Ray, who served on the White House defense team during President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, joined radio show The Cats Roundtable on Sunday and weighed in on Trump's tweet, saying it "complicated things".

"Be prepared to report future abuses to the inspector-general, the Office of Professional Responsibility, and Congress", they wrote, and "to refuse to carry out directives that are inconsistent with their oaths of office". "I can not do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me".

The former veep said, "Absolutely positively".

Moreno has already said that the resignation of the prosecutors on the Stone case had "seriously shaken" the public's confidence in the justice system, but called for the recent developments to be put in proper perspective.

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