First they tried and failed to go after the President. Now the Democrats are calling for the resignation or impeachment of Attorney General William Barr over his involvement in the Roger Stone case.
See what’s being said:
Fox News reported the following:
Barely a week after President Trump was acquitted in his Senate impeachment trial, a new administration controversy has Democrats demanding investigations and even the resignation of his top law enforcement official.
Lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal, called on Attorney General Bill Barr to resign, while the House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday it'll grill Barr during a March 31 hearing over his handling of the sentencing of former Trump confidant Roger Stone, among other issues.
"Congress must act immediately to rein in our lawless Attorney General," tweeted Warren, D-Mass. "Barr should resign or face impeachment."“Attorney General William Barr ought to be ashamed and embarrassed and resign as a result of this action directly interfering in the independent prosecution of Roger Stone," added Blumenthal, D-Conn., who said the controversy is another example of "political interference by the president to alter the independent decisions of the Department of Justice."
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., didn’t answer a question on whether Barr should resign but said: “I think the behavior is extremely egregious.”
The latest Democratic fervor is over four career prosecutors withdrawing from the Stone case, including one quitting outright, after leadership at the Justice Department (DOJ) overruled their sentencing recommendations after Trump blasted them as too harsh.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., immediately called for an investigation into Trump's alleged political intervention into Stone's sentencing.
Schumer also took to the Senate floor and torched Senate Republicans who acquitted Trump on two articles of impeachment for enabling Trump's conduct.
“Republicans thought the president would learn his lesson,” Schumer said in a veiled jab at Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. “It turned out that the lesson he learned was not that he went too far -- not that he needed to rein it in. The lesson the president learned was that the Republican Party will not hold him accountable no matter how egregious his behavior. Not now, not ever.”
But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham wasn't too keen on Schumer's demand for an emergency hearing.
"Like I take everything with him a grain of salt," said Graham, R-S.C.
The Hill had this to say about the matter:
The prosecution team on Monday recommended that Stone serve seven to nine years in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering. The charges stemmed from former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference.
Trump immediately condemned the recommendation, calling it "horrible" and "unfair," and his criticism was followed by reports that DOJ would revise its initial sentencing suggestion. The department later told a federal judge that its initial recommendation did not "accurately reflect" its position and that the judge should impose a sentence of "far less" than seven to nine years.
The Justice Department has denied that it communicated with the White House prior to the revised sentencing recommendation's release.
Trump on Wednesday praised Barr for "taking charge" of Stone's case, saying that it was "totally out of control" and that charges should never have been brought.
The developments have prompted widespread calls from Democratic lawmakers and former government officials for an investigation. Multiple Senate Democrats have demanded that Barr testify publicly, though Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) indicated that he would not call him before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Check out Senator Richard Blumenthal's interview on MSNBC: