Last year, longtime Trump friend and associate Roger Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering. Prosecutors sought a prison sentence between seven and nine years in the case until a senior official with the Department of Justice (DOJ) said the request was disproportionate to the offense.
Now, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) says the DOJ’s intervention in Stone’s case represents corruption on the part of Attorney General Bill Barr, and therefore, he needs to resign, The Hill reported.
Warren demands Barr’s resignation
“Donald Trump is shredding the rule of law in this country,” Warren railed on Wednesday via Twitter.
She added: “His AG overruled career prosecutors to reduce the sentence for his buddy Roger Stone after Stone committed crimes to protect him.”
Warren went on to allege that “every Republican who voted to acquit Trump for his corrupt actions enabled and owns this.”
“Congress must act immediately to rein in our lawless Attorney General,” Warren demanded in a subsequent message. “Barr should resign or face impeachment. And Congress should use spending power to defund the AG’s authority to interfere with anything that affects Trump, his friends, or his elections.”
“Trump can continue his corrupt rampages and vendettas because elected Republicans do nothing,” the Massachusetts senator declared in yet another tweet.
“They lack the courage and backbone shown by four career prosecutors who stepped down rather than facilitate the Attorney General’s corrupt scheme,” she continued.
Another post proclaimed: “Trump and Barr’s conduct has no place in our democracy… To end it, Congress must act — and the American people must hold them accountable in November.”
Strident call to action
Warren has pledged that if she is elected in November, she will form an independent Justice Department task force to investigate crimes allegedly committed by members of the Trump administration. What’s more, she insists that other Democrats need to do the same.
“Every Democratic candidate must commit to it — so Trump officials know they will be held accountable by career prosecutors once he is out of office,” she implored.
Warren isn’t alone in alleging malfeasance on the part of Barr. The Hill quoted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as saying: “It appears the attorney general of the United States and other political appointees at the Justice Department intervened to countermand the sentencing recommendation.”
He added that referring to Barr as Trump’s “enabler” would be “a kind” description.