Politics 'Greatest abuse of power I have ever seen': Biden says Barr should resign over Stone case

04:10  18 february  2020
04:10  18 february  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Harris demands Barr testify over Roger Stone sentence recommendation

  Harris demands Barr testify over Roger Stone sentence recommendation Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is demanding that Attorney General William Barr testify publicly over the Justice Department's decision to reduce the recommended sentence for Trump associate Roger Stone. Harris is asking Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to call Barr before the panel, which she is also a member of. "I request that you immediately schedule a hearing for Attorney General William Barr to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee so that the committee and the American people can understand the Justice Department's decision to overrule its career prosecutors in this case," Harris wrote in a letter to Graham.

More than 1,100 former Justice Department employees signed a public letter Sunday 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.

More than 1,100 former Department of Justice officials have signed a scathing letter calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign . The open letter was signed by former federal prosecutors and DOJ officials and was released on Sunday. More from Rolling Stone .

Former Vice President Joe Biden demanded Attorney General William Barr resign for intervening in the criminal case of GOP operative Roger Stone.

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Biden appeared on MSNBC on Monday to talk about the Democratic presidential primary and reacted to recent updates in Stone’s case. Biden said he agrees with the more than 1,100 former Justice Department officials in calling for Barr’s resignation in a letter that accuses the attorney general of doing President Trump’s "personal bidding" in intervening in the case.

"This has been the most — the greatest abuse of power I have ever seen at the hands of this president who has no, no sense of decency or understanding of the Constitution, and Barr facilitating it is beyond my comprehension," Biden said.

Democrat won’t rule out new Trump impeachment over Roger Stone case

  Democrat won’t rule out new Trump impeachment over Roger Stone case Rep. Eric Swalwell would not rule out a new impeachment effort over the president's alleged interference in the criminal case of his former associate.Federal prosecutors on Monday had recommended a sentence of between 87 and 108 months in prison for Stone’s conviction on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Four prosecutors resigned from the case last week, and The prosecution team had initially told the judge that Stone should serve seven to nine years in prison for lying to Congress and obstruction. Trump railed against the sentencing guideline, and just a day later, the Justice Department said the

Four government attorneys who prosecuted Stone resigned from the case after their original sentence proposal for seven to nine years was reversed by Trump and the intervention of Barr . "Such behavior is a grave threat to the fair administration of justice. A person should not be given special treatment in a

"No president, no president, no president has ever intimidated an attorney general into abusing power as much as this man has," Biden added.

Last week, the DOJ intervened in the case of Stone, scrapping the sentencing recommendation of the case’s prosecutors to recommend a lighter sentence. The move appeared to come after Trump tweeted his displeasure with the original penalty. Barr said the decision to scale it back was made before the president criticized the guidance.

Trump praised Barr for "taking charge" of the case on Twitter, riling Democrats on Capitol Hill, who alleged that Trump might have ordered the intervention as a political favor for Stone, his longtime friend.

Barr told ABC News on Thursday that Trump’s constant Twitter commentary on DOJ investigations makes "it impossible for me to do my job" and claimed that his work would remain independent from the president’s political desires.

Biden previously called for Barr's resignation in May, claiming the attorney general mishandled former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. At the time, Biden said Barr had "lost the confidence of the American people."

DOJ pushes back at reports Barr considered quitting over Trump tweets .
The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday night at multiple reports claiming Attorney General Bill Barr told people close to him he's considering stepping down over President Trump's tweets, days after Barr admitted that Trump's tweeting made it "'impossible for me to do my job.""Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign," DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted.

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