NYC Bar Association Asks Congress to Investigate AG Barr for Bias

  
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NYC Bar Association Asks Congress to Investigate AG Barr for Bias

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NYC Bar Association Asks Congress to Investigate AG Barr for Bias






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NYC Bar Association Asks Congress to Investigate AG Barr for Bias

(Bloomberg) -- The New York City Bar Association has asked Congress to investigate U.S. Attorney General William Barr, saying his recent actions and statements have positioned the Justice Department and its prosecutors as “political partisans willing to use the levers of government to empower certain groups over others.”The request disclosed on Thursday appears to be the first time the New York bar or any comparable bar association has asked Congress to investigate a sitting attorney general. Last year, 450 former federal prosecutors from Republican and Democratic administrations signed a statement chastising Barr for his handling of the Mueller report on Russian election interference.

In a letter sent this week to the majority and minority leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, New York City Bar leaders described public statements by the attorney general as troubling for an official whose job is to enforce the law without bias.

“The duties to act impartially, to avoid even the appearance of partiality and impropriety, and to avoid manifesting bias, prejudice or partisanship in the exercise of official responsibilities are bedrock obligations for government lawyers,” according to the letter, which was posted Thursday on the association’s website.

“Mr. Barr has disregarded these fundamental obligations in several public statements during the past few months,” the letter continued.In an October speech at the University of Notre Dame, the letter said, “Mr. Barr launched a partisan attack against ‘so-called progressives’ for supposedly waging a ‘campaign to destroy the traditional moral order.’” The letter added that in the same speech, “Mr. Barr vowed to place the Department of Justice ‘at the forefront’ of efforts to resist ‘forces of secularization.’”At a gathering of police officials in New Orleans in December, Barr criticized district attorneys from large cities “who style themselves as ‘social justice’ reformers, who spend their time undercutting the police, letting criminals off the hook, and refusing to enforce the law,” the letter said.

The New York City Bar Association had previously called on Barr to recuse himself from any Justice Department matters involving the Trump administration’s policies toward Ukraine, which is the subject of impeachment proceedings in Congress.The letter also took issue with the attorney general’s rejection of the findings of an internal investigation into the FBI’s handling of contacts between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian officials.In their letter, Roger Juan Maldonado, the president of the association, and Stephen Kass, chairman of the association’s task force on the rule of law, didn’t take a position on whether Barr had violated any rules of professional conduct. Instead they said that his recent statements “warrant further investigation by Congress as part of an inquiry into Mr. Barr’s conduct as attorney general.”

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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    3 months ago

You're supposed to work for we the people Barr, not be tRump's toady.

 
 
 
gooseisgone
1.1  gooseisgone  replied to  Tessylo @1    3 months ago
You're supposed to work for we the people

Which includes protecting the Election Process from people trying to influence it. 

 
 
 
Dulay
1.1.1  Dulay  replied to  gooseisgone @1.1    3 months ago
Which includes protecting the Election Process from people trying to influence it. 

Like Giuliani? 

 
 
 
Tessylo
2  seeder  Tessylo    3 months ago

In a letter sent this week to the majority and minority leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, New York City Bar leaders described public statements by the attorney general as troubling for an official whose job is to enforce the law without bias.

“The duties to act impartially, to avoid even the appearance of partiality and impropriety, and to avoid manifesting bias, prejudice or partisanship in the exercise of official responsibilities are bedrock obligations for government lawyers,” according to the letter, which was posted Thursday on the association’s website.

“Mr. Barr has disregarded these fundamental obligations in several public statements during the past few months,” the letter continued.In an October speech at the University of Notre Dame, the letter said, “Mr. Barr launched a partisan attack against ‘so-called progressives’ for supposedly waging a ‘campaign to destroy the traditional moral order.’” The letter added that in the same speech, “Mr. Barr vowed to place the Department of Justice ‘at the forefront’ of efforts to resist ‘forces of secularization.’”At a gathering of police officials in New Orleans in December, Barr criticized district attorneys from large cities “who style themselves as ‘social justice’ reformers, who spend their time undercutting the police, letting criminals off the hook, and refusing to enforce the law,” the letter said.

The New York City Bar Association had previously called on Barr to recuse himself from any Justice Department matters involving the Trump administration’s policies toward Ukraine, which is the subject of impeachment proceedings in Congress.The letter also took issue with the attorney general’s rejection of the findings of an internal investigation into the FBI’s handling of contacts between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian officials.In their letter, Roger Juan Maldonado, the president of the association, and Stephen Kass, chairman of the association’s task force on the rule of law, didn’t take a position on whether Barr had violated any rules of professional conduct. Instead they said that his recent statements “warrant further investigation by Congress as part of an inquiry into Mr. Barr’s conduct as attorney general.”

 
 
 
lady in black
3  lady in black    3 months ago

Good...Barr is in Crooked donnie's dupa when in reality he's supposed to represent we the people.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  lady in black @3    3 months ago

Pretty soon he will become one more body under Trump's bus.

 
 
 
Split Personality
4  Split Personality    3 months ago

locked until Monday

 
 
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