Trump hired him to protect himself and his friends, and Bill Barr is doing exactly that.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
The same day that Attorney General William Barr insisted there is “no pattern” of him working to advance the personal interests of President Donald Trump, several sources cited by The New York Times said one of his first moves after being sworn into office in early 2019 was trying to find ways to undermine the conviction of longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen.
Barr had reportedly repeatedly questioned prosecutors over the charges against Cohen, who pleaded guilty in August 2018 to financial crimes that included hush-money payments to women who alleged they had affairs with Trump. He went so far as to instruct Justice Department officials to draft a legal memo casting doubt on the legitimacy of Cohen’s conviction, according to sources cited by the Times, but they refused to do so.
Meanwhile, in an NPR interview published Thursday, Barr scoffed at the notion he has been promoting Trump’s agenda at the expense of the rule of law, calling it a “media narrative” and saying there is “no such pattern.” He went on the defensive in the interview multiple times.
Barr has made several controversial interventions into cases involving President Donald Trump’s associates. In early May, he chose to drop the Justice Department’s case against Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a decision that elicited blistering criticism, as Flynn had already pleaded guilty. Though Michael Flynn was the president’s National Security Adviser, Barr denied any political pressure to drop the charges against him: “I don’t know whether I would refer to him as a friend of any administration,” he said.
I love this part of the article:
Despite insisting he treats all cases equally, he apparently could not name a single case not tied to the president’s inner circle where he had staged a last-minute intervention similar to that in the Flynn case.
If Barr cannot get a case thrown out or the sentence reduced, he can delay when they have to show up to prison.
Courtesy of Politico:
The Justice Department won’t oppose a bid by Roger Stone, the longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, to delay an upcoming prison sentence until September, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday night, citing department-wide policies implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is currently the U.S. Department of Justice’s policy … to not oppose a defendant’s request to extend a voluntary surrender date for up to 60 days, unless the defendant poses an immediate public safety or flight risk,” the U.S. attorney’s office for Washington D.C., said in a late-night filing. “For that reason—and that reason only—the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia does not oppose defendant Roger J. Stone’s request to extend his voluntary surrender date for up to 60 days”
In his request, the 67-year-old Stone cited the health risks he would face behind bars, where coronavirus risks have been particularly acute. And in a series of Instagram posts, Stone ratcheted up his rhetoric, claiming he would be facing “certain” death if his prison sentence continues as scheduled.
So they are saying that this has nothing to do with Trump’s influence or Barr’s interference, and everything to do with the Coronavirus.
But does anybody really buy that?
I heard somebody saying that Trump is the biggest criminal in American history.
That is getting harder and harder to dispute.