Over 2,000 Former Department of Justice Officials Want Attorney General William Barr to Resign


Feldman you know it's hard to get a two thousand people signed just about anything but over two thousand former federal prosecutors have signed on to a letter that calls for the resignation of Attorney General bill Barr that's because he involved himself remember in the sentencing of Roger stone a friend and adviser to president trump yeah and then the president said don involves tweeting and then bar gave an interview saying you can't do that said it messes with my job and the president is kept on tweeting retweeting yes and we have a letter and let's talk to Jennifer Rogers who served as a federal prosecutor Matt the US attorney's office for the Southern District of New York now she's teacher Columbia up she signed on to this letter so we're at two thousand now first of reaching that number talk about that and then second why did why did you sign on personally well I think that the fact that it gathered over two thousand signatures in a really short time period just demonstrate how concerned and frustrated people like me former DOJ officials are all over the country and you know I sign very good I think we all find which is you know people were willing to give still part of benefit of the doubt you know your ago he came out and lied to the American people about the conclusions of the mall report and since then we've just seen him continuing to attack our democracy and rule of law and so for many people this notion of just over political interference in what is supposed to be impartial justice done by the OJ was really the last straw and that I think that's why so many people felt that they needed to speak out now today we've seen the president pardon a good number of of people some who are quite well known or at least were well known and I can't help but think that the timing is somewhat interesting this is all happening really within days of the whole controversy with William Barr yeah and I'm wondering if you think that there might be some relationship between the bar incident and the president's deciding to issue these pardons today what really hard to know whether they're laying the president it is early in whole foods so you know it is hard to know how long things are planned or whether he just kind of up and does something if if they are on wing than what it really is it's just a kind of a further you know like at that moment the I. if you will of justice the American people just saying like the matter what bill Barr says in his interview and no matter what you all think I could do whatever I want and I will be dissuaded from you know hardening people convicted of public corruption offenses notwithstanding that I yeah that was impeached over the same thing so in that precisely is the point I was getting at is whether or not these pardons or a way for the president to say to the public may be more than to what Mr bar that you know when it comes to law enforcement at the federal level the Buck stops with me I'm the guy who decides everything you're in our Kerr him say today record of the year the chief law enforcement officer in the country which of course is not true he's not he's not a law enforcement officer at all yeah the president and traditionally the president stays out of criminal keep and then there's a good reason for that we're seeing Hannah you know would intervene in cases of his friends and calling for baseless prosecution the political enemies is absolutely the opposite of what what should be happening so I you know I don't know whether the part links he's part famous people which you like to do but also chosen at least two cases that are public corruption cases and so to say that the cases where people are convicted by a jury beyond a reasonable doubt of of public corruption offenses you know it just smacks of authoritarianism and saying you know there's nothing you can do about my behavior and that extends to need pardoning the bad behavior of others so what is bill Barr do I mean he did say that you know the tweets and going off on your own makes it impossible for me to do my job I guess we learn what what that really means it's really interesting I mean I've very from people who felt that he was sincere and was really trying to kind of say that the president publicly Hey cut it out you know you can't interfere stop tweeting about this I'd be able to do my work the way that it needs to be done but a lot of other people me included thinking that it really hurts it more of a way to to try to call his own troops the OJ who I think are rightly freaking out about that but also you know to say Hey Mister president sure you know what hello everybody what we're doing no we're trying to basically undermine democracy and the rule of law here thank you out there starting off about it on Twitter it's really just raise the alarm and getting people overly concerned about it so just hot shot Jennifer Rogers served as a federal prosecutor had the US attorney's office Southern District of New York now teaches at Columbia

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