Disgraced former Attorney General Bill Barr should lose his law license for abusing his power when he tried to secretly use the Department of Justice to persecute a critic of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), prominent impeachment attorney Daniel Goldman declared.
Nunes has been filing frivolous lawsuits against Twitter parody accounts and news organizations for mocking him or telling the truth about him in an effort to silence them. Thus far, his lawsuits have been laughed out of court and his lawyer has even been sanctioned by a federal judge.
But in the waning days of the Trump administration, Barr apparently sought to help Nunes, a Trump ally, learn the identity of the persons behind the parody Twitter accounts by convening a secret grand jury.
According to the New York Times:
The Justice Department under President Trump secretly obtained a grand-jury subpoena last year in an attempt to identify the person behind a Twitter account dedicated to mocking Representative Devin Nunes of California, according to a newly unsealed court document. But Twitter fought the subpoena, as well as an associated gag order barring the company from talking about it publicly. Twitter executives raised skepticism about whether the Justice Department might be abusing federal criminal law-enforcement power to retaliate against a critic of Mr. Nunes, a Republican who is a close ally of Mr. Trump, in violation of the First Amendment.
It’s a serious abuse of power that threatens the First Amendment rights of Americans. Nunes is trying to persecute his critics and Barr tried to help him do so by using the Justice Department, all at taxpayer expense.
Goldman, who served as the House attorney during the first impeachment of disgraced former White House occupant Donald Trump, said that Barr should lose his license to practice law.
What possible basis could Barr’s DOJ have to issue this subpoena? This appears to be Barr using the awesome power of a grand jury subpoena as a personal favor to a political ally. Barr should not have a law license anymore. https://t.co/8womLNdtFo
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) May 17, 2021
Indeed, not only should Barr lose his license, he should be prosecuted. He politicized the Justice Department so it would work for Trump and his associates instead of for the American people. Trump and Barr used the DOJ to target critics and political rivals all while covering up or ignoring crimes committed by Trump and his allies. If this sort of behavior is to be prevented in the future, Barr must face severe consequences.
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