Attorney General Bill Barr is facing a chorus of demands for his resignation after no one bought his fake rebuke of President Donald Trump’s interference with the Justice Department.
Trump openly complained about the sentencing recommendation in the Roger Stone case, which called for the convicted Trump associate to be sentenced to serve seven to nine years in prison for obstructing justice, witness tampering and lying to the FBI.
Not too long later, Barr denounced the recommendation, resulting in all four federal prosecutors on the case withdrawing in protest.
Naturally, outrage ensued over this blatant interference with the Justice Department and the undermining of the rule of law.
Barr then pretended to rebuke Trump in an effort to cover his own a**.
No one bought the performance. And now over 1,100 former Justice Department officials are demanding Barr’s resignation and are urging career prosecutors to report corruption to the Inspector General.
“Each of us strongly condemns President Trump’s and Attorney General Barr’s interference in the fair administration of justice,” the letter begins.
“Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words,” the letter continues. “Such behavior is a grave threat to the fair administration of justice. In this nation, we are all equal before the law. A person should not be given special treatment in a criminal prosecution because they are a close political ally of the President. Governments that use the enormous power of law enforcement to punish their enemies and reward their allies are not constitutional republics; they are autocracies.”
“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 concludes. “But because we have little expectation he will do so, it falls to the Department’s career officials to take appropriate action to uphold their oaths of office and defend nonpartisan, apolitical justice.”
Barr should resign, and the House should definitely begin impeachment proceedings against him and Trump for engaging in such behavior. The Justice Department should not be used as a political weapon. Any attempt to do so is a violation of the rule of law and is wholly un-American.
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