Over 2,000 former Justice Department officials have called on Attorney General William Barr to step down after he stepped in last week to rescind a sentencing recommendation of 7-9 years filed by four anti-Trump career prosecutors, resulting in their resignations.
"It is unheard of for the Department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the President, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case," wrote the former DOJ officials in a Sunday letter. "It is even more outrageous for the Attorney General to intervene as he did here — after the President publicly condemned the sentencing recommendation that line prosecutors had already filed in court."
"Each of us strongly condemns President Trump’s and Attorney General Barr’s interference in the fair administration of justice," the letter continues, adding that those actions "require Mr. Barr to resign."
Last Tuesday, AP reported that the Justice Department would "take the extraordinary step of lowering the recommended prison time for Roger Stone, an ally of President Donald Trump, a federal official said Tuesday."
According to a Fox News source, however, the DOJ felt the original recommendation was "extreme, excessive, and grossly disproportionate" to Stone's crimes.