The case against Stone, 67, a longtime friend of Trump’s, has become a cause célèbre among the president’s supporters. Trump has attacked the prosecutors, the jury forewoman and the federal judge overseeing the trial, casting his former campaign adviser as the victim of a vendetta by law enforcement.
In a letter released Sunday, the former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials said Attorney General William Barr’s intervention in the Roger Stone case “flouted” the principal of nonpartisan justice, and called on other career officials to “take appropriate action to uphold their oaths of office.”
A House committee proposed last spring to de-fund the Justice Department anticrime program. The full House voted to keep funding it, and a Senate committee’s budget proposal suggests that Congress will continue to support it.
A Buzzfeed investigation also found that similar newsletters sent to the Labor Department, ICE, HUD, and the Department of Homeland Security included links and content from hyperpartisan and conspiracy-oriented publishers.
The legislation authorizes the Judiciary Committee to take Attorney General William Barr to federal court for access to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report and underlying evidence. It also empowers Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to begin legal proceedings to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to cooperate with the panel’s obstruction probe.
The Justice Department is signaling that under new Attorney General William Barr it will focus more on illegal lobbying by foreign interests. The next turning point comes in a decision on whether to indict a prominent Democratic lawyer, Gregory Craig, in a case that grew out of the Paul Manafort prosecution.
The Justice Department’s watchdog wants Congress to authorize more oversight of prosecutors, which would open for scrutiny the 2008 non-prosecution agreement between a wealthy sex-trafficking suspect and the prosecutor who is now labor secretary.