Washington (CNN)The leaders of a group of federal judges will meet Tuesday to “address growing concerns” about the recent intervention of President Donald Trump and the Justice Department in “politically sensitive cases,” USA Today reports. Trump and Attorney General William Barr ignited fresh concerns about the impartiality of the Justice Department last week when Barr retracted a recommended sentence for Trump ally Roger Stone after the President criticized it on Twitter. Barr is also ordering a re-examination of several high-profile cases, including that of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The actions prompted more than 2,000 former Justice Department officials who served in Republican as well as Democratic administrations to sign a statement calling on Barr to resign.
Justic Department Credibility.
Credibility at the Nation’s highest level of law is waning after the acquittal of Donald Trump and the heightened concern regarding the need for impartiality in the courts. Justice Department officials who understand how the legal process is supposed to be undertaken, and those who recognize the possibility of “back door” deals muddying the waters of lawful prosecutions for high profile lawbreakers, are banding together to discuss their concerns that these questionable actions negatively impact the credibility of all lawmakers and may adversely affect political events in the United States.
Former Justice Department officials agree that “Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words. Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign. But because we have little expectation he will do so, it falls to the Department’s career officials to take appropriate action to uphold their oaths of office and defend nonpartisan, apolitical justice.”
Presidential candidates, Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar believe that Attorney General Barr should resign and perceive his recent actions as not “normal” in the course of lawful Department of Justice business. The danger of the President of the United States publicly undermining the work of career prosecutors in the Department of Justice speaks volumes when after months of work, and a standing conviction, he can influence sentencing in high profile cases such as Mr. Stones.
Impact of State Bar Associations.
Perhaps State Bar Associations can assist with the restoration of credibility in the highest courts. Following New York Bar’s lead through their recent statement:“ In our criminal justice system, a single standard must apply to all who are accused or convicted of violating the law — unequal treatment based on political influence is to be deplored in all cases but is especially dangerous if it emanates from the presidency.” State Bar Associations will have to take swift action to discipline and disbar members emphasizing that the kind of unethical action exhibited by President Trump and Attorney General Barr will not be tolerated.
National and World Platform.
All eyes will be watching to see how the recent events undertaken in the Roger Stone case will be handled as precedent to other high profile cases being discussed. It will be interesting to see how the combination of State Bar Associations and former Department of Justice officials might fight back against the suspected contemptuous acts at the highest level of the American Government. Issues of law will be discussed and mandates of ethical practice may be evaluated to find some sort of standing against this type of corrupt activity and determine next actions.