‘Without Fear or Favor’ – A Standard Impaired

Without fear or favor – that’s how justice is supposed to be administered in fairness to all. Yet more than 1,100 former officials of the U.S. Department of Justice, advises NPR, “are calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign after his department lowered the prison sentence recommendation for Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Trump.” They must sense that something is amiss in the halls of justice, and so it seems to be.

Yet, despite the appearance of malpractice, President Trump still isn’t satisfied: “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr,” he tweeted, “for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought. Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!”

“Taking charge” – That’s astounding, as all those retired Justice Department officials seem to agree: “To Julie Zebrak, who’s among the former DOJ officials who signed the letter, Barr’s behavior shatters a cardinal norm that has been in place for decades: that the Justice Department’s prosecutorial decisions should not be influenced by the White House.”

In running a government like America’s, it’s both fair and expected that the rules of due procedure will be adhered to.  Yet Ms. Zebrak adds: “We are all watching in a really rapid and terrifying way the undermining of the department and the diminishment of the rule of law. We have to sort of speak up and speak out when we can.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice declined to comment. That’s not fair, either, if there’s anything to be said for President Trump’s action. All sides deserve to be heard.

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