Barr, Rosen, and Shea Unlawfully Interfered in Criminal Cases Involving Associates of President Trump

William Barr and President Trump standing next to each other
United States President Donald J. Trump stands next to Attorney General William Barr during the 38th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on May 15, 2019. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Pool via CNP.

Campaign Legal Center (CLC), called for an investigation of Attorney General Bill Barr, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Timothy Shea for their highly unusual involvement in criminal proceedings against associates of President Donald Trump.

CLC’s complaint states their intervention in matters involving Roger Stone and Michael Flynn conflicts with legal requirements for the Department of Justice officials to act impartially and insulate themselves from political influence.

The complaint outlines unlawful activity under both the Executive Branch Standards of Conduct and the DOJ’s internal policies.

The public must know that the deterioration of impartiality at DOJ expands beyond Attorney General Barr and includes senior leadership. The actions of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Attorney undermine DOJ’s independence and the integrity of its administration of the criminal justice system.

We must have confidence that the criminal justice system does not offer special treatment if you are an associate of the President. Even the appearance of politically influenced law enforcement erodes the public’s trust in government.

A thorough investigation of this complaint will help restore the public’s confidence that DOJ upholds its standards of insulating decisions from political influence.

The complaint was filed with Jeffrey Raggsdale, Acting Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility at the Department of Justice.

Corey handles media relations for the CLC voting rights and redistricting teams and creates online content. Follow @cgfromdc on Twitter