Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are calling on Chairman Lindy Graham to investigate possible political interference in the Justice Department and call on Attorney General William Barr to testify.
All ten Democrats on the committee, led by ranking member Dianne Feinstein, wrote in a letter to Graham on Thursday that the Justice Department’s goal “to ensure fair and impartial justice for all Americans” must have its prosecutorial decisions “politically neutral”. “It is becoming clear that this is not happening. That’s why the judicial committee should investigate the involvement of political appointees in this and other cases and hear directly from the Attorney General’s Bar.”
The letter comes after prosecutors were fired by the Justice DepartmentIn the case of Roger Stone, a Trump aide who is guilty of obstructing Congress. Of the department Mr Trump sent a tweet criticizing the prosecutors’ recommendation for a seven to nine year sentence. Mr Trump appeared in a tweet Wednesday to confirm that Burns directly intervened in a staff case, thanking Burns for “taking charge of a case.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had already made the case on Wednesday that the bar’s actions should be investigated, but Graham was not a deterrent.
“I don’t think anyone should tweet about the ongoing case,” Graham said, but he did say that I admire the judiciary and make sure their recommendations to the court are as equitable as the law is written. He also said that he had taken Shum’s comment “with a grain of salt.”
Bar Letter to Bar On Wednesday, all 23 Democratic committee members wrote that they “want to be honest” about “a set of concerns” with his intervention at a December 31 hearing recommending Trump’s aide Roger Stone.Before the House Judiciary Committee at the end of March. In this
“Since President Trump took office, we have repeatedly warned you and your predecessors that abusing our criminal justice system for political purposes is dangerous to our democracy and not acceptable to the House Judiciary Committee,” the letter said. “We’ve been consistent – and bilateral – over the years in this message.”
Democrats also said they were concerned about the withdrawal of a nomination for U.S. Attorney Jesse Liu’s position in the Treasury Department. Liu was recently a U.S. attorney in DC, overseeing cases against former Trump campaign official Rick Gates, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and the Stones. The issue of Liu’s nomination was first reported Axios On tuesday
The letter also acknowledged the president’s personal attorney Rudy Gilliani and others creating an “intake process” to provide information to the Ukraine-related judiciary.
Alan He contributed to this report