Over the last couple of weeks, Attorney General Bill Barr has faced calls for his resignation following new developments in the Roger Stone case.
However, during a recent appearance on Fox News, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) rejected the resignation calls, saying that despite what they claim, Democrats who say they fear for the rule of law are actually the ones threatening it.
In defense of Barr
“Bill Barr stepped in and stopped what I thought was an unjust sentence enhancement — and to the people who want Barr to resign, we know your agenda,” Graham told Sean Hannity.
Graham was referring to the Justice Department’s decision to overrule the prosecutors in former Trump associate Roger Stone’s case after they asked for a sentence of 7 to 9 years in prison. Stone was convicted earlier this year of lying to Congress.
What’s more, evidence has come to light that Stone did not have the benefit of an impartial jury. The jury’s forewoman was Memphis City Schools Board President Tomeka Hart, and her social media history raises disturbing questions.
In multiple posts, Hart condemned President Trump and his supporters as racists and praised former Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Some of the comments were made while Stone’s trial was being conducted.
Hart wasn’t the only partisan to sit on the jury, as federal election records show that an additional member donated to the campaigns of failed presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke and Jill Stein, along with the political action committee ActBlue.
Graham says Democrats motivated by “hate”
Still, prominent Democrats have had it out for Barr, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal complaining that the attorney general “ought to be ashamed and embarrassed and resign as a result of this action directly interfering in the independent prosecution of Roger Stone.”
“You are not trying to uphold the rule of law. You’re trying to take a good man down because you hate President Trump,” Graham fired back.
Graham also had harsh words for Operation Crossfire Hurricane, the counterintelligence investigation that ultimately led to spying on members of the Trump campaign.
“I think it should never happen again. I think it was set up to destroy the Trump campaign, not protect it from Russian influence,” he said.
“I think [former Mueller team prosecutor] Andrew Weissmann needs to tell the country why it took two years to do the Mueller investigation when he should’ve figured it out in the first week there was nothing there,” Graham added.