Sunday, February 16, 2020

Ex-Justice Department Officials Call for Barr’s Resignation

More than 1,100 Former Justice Department Employees Signed a Public Letter urging Attorney General William P. Barr to Resign over his handling of the Case of President Trump’s longtime Friend Roger Stone, and Exhorted Current Department Employees to Report any Unethical Conduct.

The Letter is the Latest Sign of a Crisis of Confidence inside the Department.

“Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words,” the Justice Department Alumni wrote in the 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.”

Signatures for the Letter were gathered by Protect Democracy, a Group that has been Critical of Barr’s Handling of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Investigation into Russian Election Interference and Trump.

The Letter acknowledges there is little chance the signatories’ criticism will lead to Barr’s Departure, adding, “because we have little expectation he will do so, it falls to the Department’s career officials to take appropriate action to uphold their oaths of office and defend nonpartisan, apolitical justice.”

The Letter Calls on every Justice Department Employee to follow the “Heroic” Example of the Four Prosecutors who Quit the Stone Case, and One Resigned from the Department, “and be prepared to report future abuses to the Inspector General, the Office of Professional Responsibility, and Congress; to refuse to carry out directives that are inconsistent with their oaths of office; to withdraw from cases that involve such directives or other misconduct; and, if necessary, to resign and report publicly — in a manner consistent with professional ethics — to the American people the reasons for their resignation.”

The Letter calls for Similar Vigilance in other Government Agencies, adding, “The rule of law and the survival of our Republic demand nothing less.”

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