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Politics Pelosi: A.G. Barr 'has deeply damaged the rule of law'

13:25  14 february  2020
13:25  14 february  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Pelosi called Barr a “sad disappointment to our country” and said that he has “stooped to such levels.” She was referring to the Justice Department's She also blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday for demonstrating “once again, that he has no respect for the rule of law ” by “engaging in political

Pelosi asked. “ AG Barr has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing the DOJ’s sentencing recommendation.” A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rebuked Attorney General William Barr on Thursday for his role in reducing the proposed sentence of Trump associate Roger Stone earlier this week.

"A.G. Barr has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing the DOJ's sentencing recommendation, the act of interference in Trump's retribution against [the] lead attorney in the Stone case," Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., claimed Attorney General William Barr " deeply damaged the rule of law " by withdrawing the Department of Justice's

His assault on the rule of law by engaging in political interference in the sentencing of his associate, Roger Stone…this is an abuse of power that the Pelosi further stated that Attorney General William Barr “ has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing the DOJ’s sentencing recommendation

Pelosi called Barr a "sad disappointment to our country" and said that he has "stooped to such levels." She was referring to the Justice Department's decision to overrule career prosecutors and propose a reduction in the sentence for Stone. The reversal, announced Tuesday, prompted all four prosecutors to withdraw from the criminal case.

"The American people deserve better," Pelosi said. "This is not what America is about. It is so wrong."

She also blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday for demonstrating "once again, that he has no respect for the rule of law" by "engaging in political interference" in the sentencing of Stone.

The speaker's comments come a day after it was announced Barr would testify before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31 amid numerous concerns from Democrats about his actions as head of the Department of Justice.

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No one has ever accused US attorney general Bill Barr of being soft on crime. Just last year, he gave a speech in which he blasted progressive distract If he continues to allow the department to become an instrument of the president’s will, then he can do grave damage to American democracy and the rule

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., claimed Attorney General William Barr " deeply damaged the rule of law " by withdrawing the Department of Justice's recommended sentence for Roger Stone. » Subscribe to NBC News: nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: bit.ly/MoreNBCNews.

Democrats said in a letter to Barr on Wednesday that they plan to ask him about the change in the proposed sentence for Stone. Pelosi has called for an investigation into the change, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has asked that the DOJ's inspector general look into what occurred.

Barr has refused to cooperate with House Democrats in the past. Last May, the attorney general skipped a Judiciary Committee hearing on then-special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election interference. In July, the House voted to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for obstructing a probe into the administration's failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Pelosi was asked Thursday whether House Democrats were considering impeaching Barr, but she said only that Democrats were focused on protecting and defending the Constitution by impeachment the president. She added, "There's so much malfeasance of the people in the executive branch right now."

Asked at his weekly news conference Thursday whether Trump was interfering in the Stone case, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said, "No, the president is not interfering, because if you listen to the Department of Justice, they made the decision before the tweet ever went out."

Noting that Barr has agreed to testify before the Judiciary Committee, he said there is "no issue here."

Barr has told those close to Trump he is considering quitting if the president keeps tweeting about Justice Dept. investigations .
The attorney general has communicated his posture to people inside and outside the White House, officials say, though it is unclear what he has told President Trump directly.So far, Trump has defied Barr’s requests, both public and private, to keep quiet on matters of federal law enforcement. It was not immediately clear Tuesday if Barr had made his posture known directly to Trump. The administration officials said Barr seemed to be sharing his position with advisers in hopes the president would get the message that he should stop weighing in publicly on the Justice Department’s ongoing criminal investigations.

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