While Attorney General William Barr continues his investigation into Russiagate for which Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said 'half the people are going to jail' if we 'just hang tight,' Democrats across the board are calling for his resignation - or impeachment, following his decision to overrule federal prosecutors on their recommended sentence for former Trump adviser Roger Stone.
From members of Congress to members of the media, political operatives to law professors, Barr is under intense scrutiny from the left for alleged "misuse of the criminal justice system" involving not only the Stone case, but for the removal of a U.S. Attorney and accepting Ukraine-related information from Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. -Fox News
In a Friday tweet, Trump quoted Barr's highly-publicized comments Thursday that he's never been asked to intervene in a criminal case - saying "This doesn't mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so..."
“The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” A.G. Barr This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2020
“I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody….whether it’s Congress, newspaper editorial boards, or the president," Bill Barr tells @ABC News.— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 13, 2020
"I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.” https://t.co/14rnEMD65c pic.twitter.com/QuoTgpUVHp
Barr has agreed to answer questions during a March 31 hearing in front of Rep. Jerry Nadler's (D-NY) House Intelligence Committee, after Nadler wrote "you have engaged in a pattern of conduct in legal matters relating to the President that raises significant questions for this Committee," in a letter confirming that Barr would testify.
READ IT HERE: Letter from @HouseJudiciary confirming AG Barr will testify before the Committee on March 31st to address concerns regarding his leadership of the DOJ and the President's improper influence over the Department and our criminal justice system. pic.twitter.com/W5YHly85BL— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) February 12, 2020
After Barr took the unprecedented step to soften a recommended 7 to 9 year sentence for lying, witness tampering and other process crimes, four DOJ prosecutors resigned their posts, while Democrats called the move "without precedent."
Attorney General Barr is trying to argue that the decision to interfere with the Roger Stone trial wasn't political, and wasn't related to the president's corrupt request.— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) February 13, 2020
If that's true, why did all four prosecutors resign in protest? https://t.co/OsnbpRr7aU
"This situation has all the indicia of improper political interference in a criminal prosecution," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a letter to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz regarding Stone's sentencing. "I therefore request that you immediately investigate this matter to determine how and why the Stone sentencing recommendations were countermanded, which Justice Department officials made this decision, and which White House officials were involved."
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Barr “ought to be ashamed and embarrassed and resign as a result of this action directly interfering in the independent prosecution of Roger Stone.” He also said the controversy was yet another example of “political interference by the president to alter the independent decisions of the Department of Justice.”
Nadler didn’t answer a question on whether Barr should resign but said: “I think the behavior is extremely egregious.” -Fox News
Democrats' freakout over Barr's intervention in the Stone case comes on the heels of their last freakout over Barr's willingness to accept information from Rudy Giuliani gathered during the course of his independent Ukraine investigation.
Nadler openly posited that Barr might be "in league with Mr. Giuliani and his associates."
NEW: @RepJerryNadler sent a letter to AG Barr to demand answers after @LindseyGrahamSC and Barr admit that Rudy Giuliani is sending information concerning Ukraine to the Department of Justice through a special intake process. pic.twitter.com/Yg6rPZ5zOt— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) February 10, 2020
MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner has called for Barr's impeachment, saying that the AG has lied "to Congress, he lied about the Mueller report, he refuses to investigate obvious crimes by the administration, he is conflicted out of many matters but refuses to recuse."
Others to mention impeachment include Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., liberal Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe and self-labeled conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin. House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., condemned Barr on Thursday and called for an investigation but did not outright call for impeachment. Sen. Cory Booker joined calls for an investigation. -Fox News
Justice in America should not depend on your wealth and connections. I agree with @SenSchumer — DOJ OIG should open an investigation into potential improper political interference in the Stone case.— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) February 11, 2020
No one is above the law, that includes Trump’s friends.
Indeed, there is no shortage of triggerings for Democrats who seek to dismantle the Trump administration by any means possible.
Meanwhile, maybe someone needs to get to the bottom of the decision to recommend 7-9 years for Stone in the first place.