With a letter dated February 12th, the panel expressed to Barr:
“In the interest of transparency, we wish to be candid about one set of concerns we plan to address at the hearing. Since President Trump took office, we have repeatedly warned you and your predecessors that the misuse of our criminal justice system for political purposes is both dangerous to our democracy and unacceptable to the House Judiciary Committee.”
The statement further communicated, “In your tenure as Attorney General, you have engaged in a pattern of conduct in legal matters relating to the President that raises significant concerns for this Committee. In the past week alone, you have taken steps that raise grave questions about your leadership of the Department of Justice.”
As they would spell out:
- The ongoing developments following the removal of U.S. Attorney Jesse Liu, who oversaw the prosecutions of President Trump’s deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, President Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and President Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone.
- The creation of a new process by which President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani can feed the Department of Justice information, through you, about the President’s political rivals.
- The decision to overrule your career prosecutors and significantly reduce the recommended sentence for Roger Stone, who has been convicted for lying under oath, at the apparent request of the President — a decision that led to all four prosecutors handling the case to withdraw from the proceedings in protest.”
The message also announced, “These are not the only issues that our Committee intends to discuss with you when you appear, but they are enough to require our immediate attention.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a House Judiciary Committee member, told The Hill last week, “Donald Trump, I still believe, is a one-man crime wave, and we can’t let him get away with all of his other offenses against the Constitution and the people.”
Even though Trump was ultimately acquitted on twin impeachment counts, there will surely be heavy political consequences to come.