Trump Threatens Lawsuits Over Mueller Probe, Stone Trial

Trump Threatens Lawsuits Over Mueller Probe, Stone Trial

They also urged current government employees to report any signs of unethical behaviour at the Justice Department to the agency's inspector-general and to Congress. And he knew that Trump expects the federal legal system to follow his whims and wishes, putting aside any notion of equality before the law in favor of greasing the wheels for the president and his associates. A person should not be given special treatment in a criminal prosecution because they are a close political ally of the President.

The 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.

The former deputy attorney basic under former President George H.W. Bush's administration is calling on Attorney Common Bill Barr to resign, citing the events of the very last 7 days surrounding Roger Stone's sentencing reversal as the "worst" carry out as a result far.

Zebrak told NPR that Barr's move "sent shockwaves through the former DOJ alumni". Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs said late last week that he was "so disappointed in Bill Barr". Fortunately, though, many, many who once worked in the Department of Justice, and who understand how things are supposed to work, are clear on what's what.

Stone is set to be sentenced on Thursday.

Stone's defence team has requested a new trial and unsuccessfully lobbied Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Tuesday to delay sentencing until she rules on that motion. Unless voters kick out President Trump in November, any replacement for Barr will simply be a new face for the same old corruption.

In a face-saving interview with ABC News, Barr claimed that he decided the original sentence was too hefty before Trump tweeted, but that such social media statements make it "impossible" to do his job.

Attorney General Bill Barr has reportedly told the close to him he is to resign due to constant interference from President Trump
Attorney General Bill Barr has reportedly told the close to him he is to resign due to constant interference from President Trump

Newsweek reached out to the White House and the Department of Justice but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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.

"Mr. Barr's actions in doing the President's personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words", the letter says.

Some individual judges have already spoken out critically about Trump's attacks generally, among them U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman, a colleague of Jackson's in Washington, and most recently, the chief judge of the court in Washington, Beryl Howell.

Two supervising prosecutors from the DC US Attorney's Office, who stepped in after their colleagues quit the case a week ago, advocated to keep the sentencing as planned for this week. "The rule of law and the survival of our Republic demand nothing less".

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) praised Barr as a "man of the highest character and unquestionable integrity".

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