Groveling Barr Just Pissed Away DOJ’s Greatest Power


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Via:  john-russell  •  7 months ago  •  2 comments

Groveling Barr Just Pissed Away DOJ’s Greatest Power
The department's hard-earned reputation for factual honesty and legal credibility is in tatters now.

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William Barr didn’t really help Roger Stone by   overriding his own prosecutors   — four of whom walked away from the case they’d already won in protest —    to recommend a lighter sentence for Trump’s longtime dirty trickster and newly convicted felon Roger Stone . But the attorney general is doing his part to trash the reputation and authority of the Department of Justice he leads, and to make clear that there is no higher authority in Donald Trump’s America than a presidential tweet. 

The DOJ is among the most powerful arms of the federal government because of its role in enforcing the nation’s laws But the department’s power is inextricably tied to the respect its lawyers enjoy in the courts. The Solicitor General, whose office argues the federal government’s cases before the Supreme Court, is traditionally referred to as the “Tenth Justice,” because of the deference given to his arguments. The same holds true for line-level federal prosecutors, whose arguments on behalf of the DOJ are given great deference by most federal judges because of the  department’s reputation for demanding the highest standards of factual honesty and legal credibility.

That reputation is in tatters now.


All four prosecutors handling Trump ally Roger Stone’s court case withdrew on Tuesday just hours after Department of Justice headquarters stepped in to override their recommended prison sentence and push for a shorter term.

Prosecutors had asked a federal judge on Monday to sentence Stone to seven to nine years in prison. The Republican operative, a longtime Trump confidant and adviser who spent decades pushing Trump to run for president, was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing a congressional probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.


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1  seeder  JohnRussell    7 months ago

Why did William Barr turn himself into a toad in the service of Donald Trump? 

Since Trump is a complete idiot, and Barr is not, we must look for ulterior motives. 

Barr is an ultra-conservative Catholic, as is Steve Bannon.  These people are up to something, something having to do with taking over the Supreme Court and installing some sort of a quasi-theocratic government. 

Trump is their stooge. 

1.1  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @1    7 months ago
Why did William Barr turn himself into a toad in the service of Donald Trump?

What makes you think this had anything to do with Trump? For three years, Trump has continuously insisted that this or that person or situation should be investigated or prosecuted, but it doesn't happen. Suddenly that has changed and Justice bows to his whims? I'm going to need some actual reasons to believe that.

It is not unusual for prosecutors to overdo things on their sentencing recommendations, especially in high profile cases.


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