Bill Barr’s peer group is not thrilled with him at all. Over 1,100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials signed a letter asking Barr to step down as Attorney General in the wake of his intervention in the Roger Stone sentencing matter. And that number is expected to grow. New York Times:
Protect Democracy, a nonprofit legal group, gathered the signatures from Justice Department alumni and said it would collect more.
In May, Protect Democracy gathered signatures for a letter that said the Mueller report presented enough evidence to charge Mr. Trump with obstruction of justice were that an option. At the close of his investigation, the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III declined to indicate whether Mr. Trump illegally obstructed justice, citing a decades-old department opinion that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime. That letter was also critical of Mr. Barr.
Even as the lawyers condemned Mr. Barr on Sunday, they said they welcomed his rebuke of Mr. Trump and his assertions that law enforcement must be independent of politics.
But Mr. Barr’s “actions in doing the president’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words,” they said.
This is a good move and an even better one came the other day from the New York City Bar Association that said that it had formally reported Barr’s behavior to the Justice Department’s inspector general.
Strikingly, the lawyers called upon current department employees to be on the lookout for future abuses and to be willing to bring oversight to the department.
“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.”
This is part of a pattern which we’ve already seen before with the likes of Marie Yovanovich, Fiona Hill and Alexander Vindman. The career professionals are stepping up to the plate to protect the government, because the officials who are handling the levers of power are so corrupt that they cannot be trusted to do what’s legal or right.
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