Dear Friend,

In these times of COVID-19, climate chaos and elections, independent news is more important than ever. You turn to Democracy Now! because you trust that when we're reporting on the pandemic or the uprisings against police brutality—or the climate crisis—our coverage is not brought to you by the fossil fuel, insurance or weapons industries or Big Pharma. We count on YOU to make our work possible. If everyone who visits our website gave just $8, we could cover our operating costs for 2021. Really—that’s all it would take. And today a generous supporter will double your donation to Democracy Now!, meaning your gift will go twice as far. This is a challenging time for us all, but if you're able to make a donation, please do so today. Stay safe, wear a mask and thank you so much.
-Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

1,100+ Ex-DOJ Staff Call on Attorney General Barr to Resign

HeadlineFeb 17, 2020

Over 1,100 former Justice Department officials are calling for Attorney General William Barr to step down, after he intervened to reduce the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s longtime friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone. In an open letter published Sunday, the former officials write, “Governments that use the enormous power of law enforcement to punish their enemies and reward their allies are not constitutional republics; they are autocracies.” Barr intervened in the case after Trump called Stone’s sentence of seven to nine years a “miscarriage of justice.” Four federal prosecutors withdrew from the case, and one resigned from his job, over Barr’s actions. On Friday, Trump claimed he has the power to intervene in criminal cases. In response to Barr’s statement last week that Trump has never asked him to “do anything in a criminal case,” Trump tweeted, “This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!” A group of nine Democratic senators, including presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, also called for Barr’s resignation in an open letter Friday.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Barr has reportedly assigned an outside prosecutor to review the criminal case against Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to federal investigators about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Top