On Sunday, more than 1000 former Justice Department officials signed a letter urging Attorney General Bill Barr to resign from his post after interfering in Roger Stone’s case.
“Such behavior is a grave threat to the fair administration of justice. In this nation, we are all equal before the law,” the officials wrote in their letter posted online. “A person should not be given special treatment in a criminal prosecution because they are a close political ally of the President.”
In the letter, the former officials urge the current DOJ employees to keep a close eye on Barr and report any unethical behavior.
Barr maintains that he was acting independently of the president, though the signees of the letter expressed skepticism that the White House was not involved.
“Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words,” the Justice Department alumni wrote in their letter. “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.”
The letter, which was signed by former attorneys who served in both Republican and Democratic administrations, acknowledges that Barr is unlikely to resign. Still, the Justice Department alums suggest current officials “report future abuses to the inspector general, the Office of Professional Responsibility, and Congress,” and “refuse to carry out directives that are inconsistent with their oaths of office.”
You can read the entire letter HERE.