A rare statement from more than 1 ,100 former US officials condemns the attorney general after a tumultuous week at the Justice Department
More than 1,110 former Justice Department officials who served in Republican as well as Democratic administrations posted a statement Sunday calling on Attorney General Bill Barr to resign.(CNN) "Mr. Barr's actions in doing the President's personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words. 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. 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," the officials wrote in a statement.The rare statement from the officials -- mostly former career prosecutors, but also some former political appointees -- came in the wake of an extraordinary week at the Justice Department. In just one week, career prosecutors withdrew from a case after Barr overruled their sentencing recommendation, the attorney general pushed back against the President in an unusual interview and separately ordered an examination of politically charged cases involving those close to President Donald Trump.The statement went on to say career attorneys should report any troubling actions they see to the department's Inspector General.The Justice Department declined to comment when reached by CNN Sunday. Barr has so far not given any indication that he is considering stepping down from his current role.Attorney general's actions spark outrage and unease among US prosecutorsRead MoreTh upheaval at the Justice Department began when all four federal prosecutors who took the case against Roger Stone to trial withdrew from the case Tuesday afternoon after Barr overruled their sentencing recommendation hours after the President criticized it on Twitter.Barr on Thursday claimed he couldn't do his job with Trump publicly commenting on sensitive investigations, but insisted the Justice Department had acted appropriately, and, without explanation, suggested prosecutors' recommended sentence for Stone was too harsh. In an interview with ABC News, Barr defended the department's rank-and-file."I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me," the attorney general said.In an unusual move on Sunday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing Stone's case, called for a"scheduling" conference call with attorneys in the case on Tuesday, ahead of the sentencing hearing set for later this week, according to court documents. The court did not provide additional details on what would be discussed on the call, and Jackson has not yet formally acknowledged the withdrawals.Barr zags and prosecutors worryIt was a notable zag for Barr after days of mounting scrutiny, and on Friday, the Justice Department informed former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe -- a frequent target of Trump's ire -- it was dropping charges against him.At the time, Barr ordered a re-examination of several high-profile cases, including that of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, US officials briefed on the matter say. The move could bring fresh scrutiny of the political motives behind actions at the Justice Department.Prosecutors across the country have been incensed and worried about what some perceive as growing political directives coming from Washington.On the West Coast, one federal prosecutor said there was an overwhelming sense of"outrage" felt in his office.A prosecutor on the East Coast voiced concern about the potential impact of political interference on juries and judges, who could perceive that cases aren't being brought objectively.And a former prosecutor said his clients have expressed concern about cooperating with investigations out of fear that the Justice Department could interfere improperly in a case, putting them in jeopardy.'That's just not normal'Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, said Sunday that Barr"does enjoy the support" of Trump, telling CNN's Dana Bash on"State of the Union" that he doesn't think"it's impossible (for Barr) to do his job.""In fact, I think that Attorney General Barr is doing a great job," he added. "I think he has a lot of confidence inside the White House. I think that the President's frustration is one that a lot of Americans have, which feels like the scales of justice are not balancing." But several Democratic senators, including presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, last week also called for Barr to resign.Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar echoed that call Sunday on"State of the Union," but added she does not expect Barr to step down."Sure, I'd be glad if he resigned. I just don't think that is realistic," the Minnesota senator said, adding,"But what I think is realistic is that he is now going to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee. I'd also like him to come to the Senate. And, along with my colleagues, I have asked him to do that, so we can probe him on the role of the President in trying to influence decisions in the Department of Justice, in particular the (Roger) Stone decision."Klobuchar told Bash that Barr's involvement in the case is"just not normal.""I just think it's outrageous, knowing how hard these career prosecutors work to do the right thing, how hard they worked on a case like Roger Stone's, got him convicted, and then get undermined when it comes to the sentencing," she said."That's just not normal."CNN's David Shortell, Erica Orden and Kara Scannell contributed to this report. Read more: CNN
Is that like Trump making 100 false statements a week? What Barr did does NOT look good for him no matter what he says. His actions speak louder. He keeps appearing to favor Trump's wishes. Him, Trump and the GOP think they are the only ones who can make decisions for this country. WRONG! How about the current ones? They are who matters.
What do the social media profiles of the 1,100 look like? Former us officials you mean those pointed by Obama? Who cares what they have to say! Kind of like the group of attorneys you put together to reject Brett Kavanaugh right? I can find 120 assholes any day of the week to say anything! Dems are playing their last wild card that will cost their party 2020 election!!! FARCE FARCE FARCE!!!
Former for a reason Did they say anything about Eric Holder the Wingman for Obama, or Lynch when she had her Tarmac meeting with Bill at the end of the investigation of HRC!! Hypocrites! The Deep state was prolific when Obama was in control!! BAT SIGNAL SENT OUT EVERYBODY SAY THIS DOJ officials call on Attorney General Barr to resign NBC,ABC,CNN,MSNBC
More Than 1,100 Former DOJ Officials Press For Attorney General Barr To Step DownThe officials warned William Barr&39;s interference in criminal cases for Trump&39;s personal benefit is behavior one would expect to see in an autocracy. Ignore them Nobody cares what ‘Former’ officials think. That’s why they are former officials. Maybe you should ask the 100,000 DOJ employees? They won’t agree.
Just came to read all of the authoritarian regime supporters comments. Not disappointed. After Trump loses you can all move to North Korea where they really show the fake news lamestream media the business! Barr, Grow up. Go independent. This presidency is not forever & the AG must know that when Trump leaves office every rock will be overturned and investigation, witness & documents will retrieved by the next administration! I have a big feeling there will be a lot of indictments & prosecutions in 2021! MSNBC
Employees? “Former” being the key word 🙄 FakeNews Believe me, Barr won't cave to these garbage people! All 1100 of them can go straight to HE LL Aw, there’s many more ex-fed Dems than that! TRUMP ANTICRISTO! CHE DIO SALVI AMERICA!
Former DOJ officials call on U.S. Attorney General Barr to resignMore than 1,000 former U.S. Justice Department officials on Sunday called for At... Like Barr or trump care? The GOP has handed trump unlimited power. We must vote that mess out in November ImpeachBarr VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare
We finally have a guy that will clean out the swamp he will get to the bottom of the Russia hoax and all Illegalities by the Dems and they are terrified finally justice will be served they think it was ok for Holder to call himself Obama’s WingMan It’s funny that none of these 1,100 voiced any concerns when their colleagues were digging back decades to find anything on Trump or any of his appointees
theresannn1 a thousand of your peers want you delivered on a platter, please make it happen. Deep state BS! These same ‘career prosecutors’ write anti-Trump letters all the time. No one cares. Win the damm election in nine months and shut the hell up already ! THERE U GO!! GET HIM OUT!!! REGARD LESS OF WHAT 45 SAYS. Now he wants to be a SAINT SCREW HIM!!! GET 45 OUT AS WELL!!! HE IS NO GOOD!! WAKE UP DELUSIONALS!!!
The optimal word here is “former” as in No Longer Relevant!!! What's the number of former prosecutors who want Barr to stay and think he's doing a good job? Oh, right, you'd never publish that. How come the PEOPLE can't fire him? Wouldn't that be nice? I thought he was working us? That's what he KEEPS saying. Liar.
The swamp is deeper than we thought Sure, they're all democrats
Former Justice Dept. Lawyers Press for Barr to Step DownMore than 1,100 former U.S. federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials called on Attorney General William Barr to step down after he intervened last week to lower the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone The tendrils of the left run deep. Maliyetleri yine vatandaşa yüklemeyin , ilave %35 olmasında. Ulaşım İstanbullunun Tasarruf yapamayacağı tek gider. İptal ettiğinde her şey iptal olur. Ulaşıma zam yapmakla yediğimiz içtiğimiz , giydigimiz , çocukların ihtiyacı herşeyden daha az tüketmemiz demek ... Here’s the Bill Barr interview with the BS edited out:
1100 people I don’t give a fk about FakeNewsCNN
More than 1,000 Justice Department alumni call for Barr's resignation after intervention in Stone sentencingThe DOJ alumni accused Attorney General William Barr of doing the president's 'personal bidding.' Better luck next time, please try again The alumni are corrupt. The trial was a fraud BarrLies What is the square root of a cover-up?
Over 1,100 former Justice Department officials call for Barr to resignFollowing the fallout from handling of Roger Stone's case, over 1,100 former Department of Justice officials have signed a letter calling for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr. One of those signees, Nelson Cunningham, Former swamp creatures. Wow, all Obama appointes. Justice is coming Dems, nothing will stop it.
39 elected prosecutors say Attorney General William Barr's criminal justice vision unfairly punishes minorities, poor peopleOn Thursday, a group of 39 elected prosecutors released a joint statement criticizing Attorney General William Barr for unfair actions that target minorities and poor people. Guessing all 39 are Dems. Not unexpected these days. They meant Erick Holder