Nearly three months after calling for him to resign, almost 2,000 alumni of the Department of Justice again are condemning Attorney General William Barr over substantial evidence that his department interfered politically in the prosecution of an ally of President Trump, this time former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The alumni published a statement to Medium on Monday morning that describes the Justice Department’s motion to end its case against Flynn last week as “extraordinarily rare,” and urges U.S. District Court Judge Emmet T. Sullivan and Congress to scrutinize the Department’s rationale for doing so. This includes an evidentiary hearing with witnesses before Sullivan in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and rescheduling testimony Barr was set to provide the House Judiciary Committee before it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We continue to believe that it would be best for the integrity of the Justice Department and for our democracy for Attorney General Barr to step aside. In the meantime, we call on Congress to hold the Attorney General accountable,” the statement’s signatories write. “In the midst of the greatest public health crisis our nation has faced in over a century, we would all prefer it if Congress could focus on the health and prosperity of Americans, not threats to the health of our democracy. Yet Attorney General Barr has left Congress with no choice.”
The alumni comprise career civil servants and appointees who served under presidents of both major political parties. Their full statement can be read here: https://medium.com/@dojalumni/doj-alumni-statement-on-flynn-case-7c38a9a945b9. Their previous statement about Barr and political interference in the case of Roger Stone can be read here: https://medium.com/@dojalumni/doj-alumni-statement-on-the-events-surrounding-the-sentencing-of-roger-stone-c2cb75ae4937.