A letter released by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday revealed that Attorney General William “Bill” Barr has agreed to testify before the Democrat-led panel late next month over a number of Dems’ concerns, including the AG’s recent actions with regard to the case of Roger Stone.
Prosecutors recommended a sentence of up to nine years in prison for the associate of President Donald Trump after he was convicted in November for lying to Congress, according to USA Today. But after both Trump and Barr expressed their displeasure with Stone’s sentencing recommendation earlier this week, Dems pounced — and now, they want to hear directly from the attorney general himself.
“Horrible and very unfair”
According to The Hill, Barr will be appearing before the House Judiciary panel on March 31 to address Democrats’ concerns that he has politicized the office of the attorney general. The news comes by way of a letter sent to Barr by committee Democrats on Wednesday.
“We are writing to confirm your agreement to testify,” the Dems began.
They went on to outline several topics they intend to bring up at the hearing — including Stone’s sentencing and the AG’s relationship with Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani — though they promised the list isn’t comprehensive.
“In the interest of transparency, we wish to be candid about one set of concerns we plan to address at the hearing,” the committee wrote, according to The Hill. “Since President Trump took office, we have repeatedly warned you and your predecessors that the misuse of our criminal justice system for political purposes is both dangerous to our democracy and unacceptable to the House Judiciary Committee.”
The letter goes on to accuse Barr of engaging “in a pattern of conduct in legal matters relating to the [p]resident that raises significant concerns for this committee,” including over the course of the “past week alone.”
This included a request from Barr’s Justice Department to reduce Stone’s recommended sentence earlier this week — a move that came around the same time that Trump tweeted his own frustration with the recommendation.
“This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” Trump wrote Tuesday. “Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!”
“I still believe”
It remains unclear whether the late March hearing will be publicized, but in the meantime, Dems have been doubling down on their assertions that Trump — and everyone around him — deserves to be ousted. (It seems they didn’t get it all out of their system during the impeachment trial.)
“Donald Trump, I still believe, is a one-man crime wave, and we can’t let him get away with all of his other offenses against the Constitution and the people,” House Judiciary Committee member Jamie Raskin (D-MD), told The Hill earlier this month.
They’re just never going to give it up, are they?