In the latest skirmish of the war between a large section of the U.S. legal community and Attorney General William Barr, some of the country’s top jurists charge the AG’s expansive views of presidential powers, combined with his interventions in support of President Trump’s allies, are helping to nurture an “imperial” presidency.
Although the number of women incarcerated in prison far outpaces that of men since the 1980s, policies for their stay are insufficiently adapted from men’s prisons and women suffer “extremely high rates, and much higher rates than men, of histories of physical, sexual, and mental trauma,” said a report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
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.