UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US Attorney General Bill Barr has agreed to testify in Congress amid allegations of abuses in his department aimed at providing political support to President Donald Trump, the House Judicial Committee reported Wednesday.
Bar will testify before the Judicial Committee on March 31 after a yearlong refusal, and the committee has sent a letter in this regard to the Ministry of Justice to confirm what has been agreed upon.
The letter, signed by Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and several Democratic members, reflected deep concerns surrounding Barr’s behavior in legal issues relating to the president.
“Since President Trump took office, we have warned you and your ancestors repeatedly that misuse of the criminal justice system for political purposes is a threat to our democracy, in addition to being unacceptable by the Judicial Committee in the House of Representatives,” the letter addressed to Barr.
The letter cited actions from “last week” that included Barr’s decision denouncing the request of prosecutors in his ministry for a harsh sentence against Republican political adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress and manipulating witnesses, and Barr’s effort to reduce the sentence in light of allegations of pressure from Trump.
This intervention led to the dismissal of four prosecutors in the ministry on Tuesday from this issue, in clear opposition to political interference.
The letter also referred to what Bar disclosed that he had opened a private channel within the ministry to collect information about investigations related to Ukraine, the country that was at the center of the Trump trial case in the Senate.
The commission also questioned the recent dismissal of Washington federal prosecutor Jesse Law, which had overseen the prosecution of Stone in addition to Trump’s 2016 campaign chief Paul Manafort and his former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Bar did not speak publicly about any of these issues that plunged his ministry into turmoil.
Trump denied on Wednesday that his pro-Bar tweets, which attack a severe prison sentence of sixty from 87 to 108 months, were political interference.
Trump said they treated Roger Stone his political adviser a long time ago “in a very bad way.”
When asked if he would pardon Stone, he said, “I don’t want to say that now.”
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