Given all the new information that’s come to light recently, one former prosecutor in the Department Of Justice’s Public Integrity Division has penned a column for USA Today, in which they call on Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland to take another long, hard look at the Mueller probe that went down against Donald Trump.
Noah Bookbinder, who has moved on from the DOJ and now serves as the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), feels that the recent revelations regarding ex-Attorney General Bill Barr’s handling of the Russia probe against Donald Trump is more than sufficient enough reason to take another good, hard look at the investigation and its findings.
In his column, Bookbinder cites a report that claims U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson “… blasted the Trump Justice Department for misleading the court about the nature of its internal deliberations before concluding that then-President Donald Trump had not obstructed former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.”
The former DOJ official feels like this is more than enough reason for the current DOJ to open an obstruction investigation not only into former President Trump, but former AG Bill Barr as well.
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“Many of us have long suspected that Barr deliberately set out to spin the contents of the Mueller report and manufacture bogus legal analysis in order to protect Trump from facing consequences for the crimes laid out in the report. We now have proof that Barr did exactly that,” the ex-prosecutor penned before noting that Donald Trump is no longer protected by the powers of the presidency that saved his skin the first go around.
Bookbinder went on to quote a letter that was signed by 1,000 former federal prosecutors, reading, “the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting president, result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice,” pointing out that a roadmap to further investigating the former president already exists.
“The principle that no one is above the law is not self-enforcing. Justice can only be served if law enforcement agencies are willing to pursue justice against anyone who violates the law–regardless of the office they hold. There is no greater threat to the rule of law than failing to hold accountable the most powerful among us,” he penned, adding, “Neither Mueller nor Barr made a final decision as to whether Trump should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice because DOJ policy precluded that outcome as long as he was president. Now that Trump is no longer president, the department needs to decide whether he will be prosecuted, and Attorney General Merrick Garland should let the American people know how that decision will be made.”
Bookbinder concluded his piece by driving it all home, writing, “There is vast evidence that Donald Trump committed crimes. Time, and litigation, have removed both the legal protection he had as president and the illusory claims of exoneration spun by Barr. Now is the moment for America to see equal justice in action. It’s time to finish what Mueller started.”
You can read it all here.
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