PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — US Attorney General William Barr should resign immediately, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said Friday.
They and 7 other senators — Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Edward Markey, Patty Murray, Chris Van Hollen, and Mazie Hirono — joined Wyden and Merkley in their call for Barr to step down in the wake of the Roger Stone case.
In a letter to the Attorney General, the senators expressed their alarm at the way the Department of Justice reacted to a tweet by President Trump that said the sentencing recommendation for Stone was unfair.
Stone, a longtime campaign and adviser to Trump, was convicted of obstructing a congressional investigation, lying to Congress and tampering with a witness in connection with the investigation of Russian intervention into the 2016 presidential election. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 7 to 9 years.
After their recommendation, the DOJ reversed course and sought a lighter sentence. The 4 prosecutors on the case then almost immediately resigned.
Barr spoke to ABC News and said Trump’s tweets “make it impossible” for him to do his job.
But in their letter to Barr, the senators wrote, in part:
“While you asserted yesterday in an interview with ABC News that you were ‘not going to be … influenced by anybody,’ this statement is simply not credible given that it is sharply at odds with the behavior of top DOJ officials and the comments of the President over the past 72 hours.”