Letter to the Editor

Time for William Barr to go

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Roger Stone, President Trump’s close friend and advisor, was tried on charges of obstructing a Congressional inquiry, witness tampering and five charges of lying to congress. As the evidence was indisputable he was convicted on all charges. Justice Department officials, following department policy recommended seven to nine years in prison. Attorney General William Barr had recently been on a campaign criticizing department prosecutors for being too lenient in sentencing. He pushed

the concept “be tough on crime.”

On hearing the sentencing recommendation, Trump immediately tweeted “This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice.” Barr immediately responded, lowering the recommendation. Legal scholars find it highly unusual for the Justice Department to recommend a sentence one day and then tell the judge one day later that what it recommended was wrong. A prompt thank you for the new recommendation from Trump to Barr followed. Then the storm erupted. Four prosecuting attorneys resigned from the case, one resigned from the department completely. A total of 1,100 former members of the Justice Department signed a letter demanding that A.G. Barr resign for actions contrary to Justice Department principles. Members of Congress have expressed similar views.

The attorney general of the United States cannot be the “water boy” for the president.

— Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake