Senate Democrats have called on Attorney General William Barr to resign or face impeachment after President Donald Trump appeared to confirm that Barr had intervened in the case against the president’s longtime friend Roger Stone. “Donald Trump is shredding the rule of law in this country,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted Wednesday. “Congress must act immediately to rein in our lawless Attorney General. Barr should resign or face impeachment. And Congress should use spending power to defund the AG’s authority to interfere with anything that affects Trump, his friends, or his elections.” “Trump and Barr’s conduct has no place in our democracy,” Warren added. “To end it, Congress must act—and the American people must hold them accountable in November.”
” Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, another Democrat, told NBC News earlier in the day that he believes Barr has “no choice” but to resign. All four federal prosecutors who ran Stone’s trial abruptly withdrew from the case on Tuesday after Justice Department leadership intervened to reduce their sentencing recommendation. The more lenient recommendation was a rapid turnaround after federal prosecutors Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, Adam C. Jed, Jonathan Kravis and Michael Marando told the court on Monday that Stone should face seven to nine years behind bars for witness tampering and lying to Congress. But that was before Trump publicly raged against the proposed sentence, tweeting that “this miscarriage of justice” cannot be allowed. A jury convicted Stone in November on seven counts, including witness tampering, lying to Congress and obstructing an official proceeding. He was one of the highest-profile Trump allies to face prosecution as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Americans familiar with impeachment.
The American public has too recently been refreshed on the basic aspects of impeachment and its use to successfully remove officers of the court compared to removing presidents. The latest Roger Stone news will, at the very least, have some impact on the popularity of the GOP and may sway more voters away from Republican candidates. Legal teams will need to refocus Stone’s defense to verify that a lesser sentence would serve the laws against his involvement in scandals at the highest government level. As far as the outcomes for Attorney General Barr, if another impeachment process is underway, it will need to be swift. The American people are feeling the uneasy shift of empowered lawlessness at the uppermost levels of government.
Legal defenses for Barr and Stone.
Attorney General Barr will need to hire a team of lawyers to defend him if he does not intend to resign, and Stone’s defense lawyers will need to come to some agreement with the law and the courts regarding a fair sentence within the scope of law addressing his crimes of witness tampering and lying to Congress. Outcomes in both cases will depend on the law, and the way it is argued by both teams defending the individual parties to this unusual decision to intervene with the justice department.