2000 Obama-era Justice Officials Criticize Barr
for Forcing the FBI to Follow the Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, nearly 2000 Obama-era FBI and Justice Department officials signed an open letter
condemning Attorney General William Barr for expecting the FBI to follow the law.
The reaction stems from Barr's handling of the charges against General Michael Flynn that he lied to FBI investigators.
Newly released documents show the FBI did not have a proper reason to investigate Flynn, set up a what some agents
themselves thought was a perjury trap to catch him, failed to follow standard department policies when interviewing
him, altered the record of his testimony to make him appear guilty, and withheld evidence that proved his innocence.
On top of this, since Flynn's testimony was not material to a properly predicated investigation, it was not illegal.
For these reasons, DOJ attorneys reviewing the case recommended the charges against Flynn be dropped.
Attorney General Barr approved this recommendation.
And because of this, many Obama-era officials say Barr should resign.
One senior investigator who served under Obama voiced his concerns, saying, “How can the FBI correct a serious mistake
by the voters if our hands are tied like that?”
“Manufacturing evidence, withholding exculpatory evidence, entrapment…these are all important tools in the FBI toolbox,”
“The law shouldn’t apply to the people who are enforcing it.”
Former President Obama agreed. On a conference call, Obama stated, “That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried
that basic, not just institutional norms, but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.”
In response, Barr reportedly said, “That’s a strange response from someone who supposedly once taught constitutional law.
The rule of law doesn’t mean the people enforcing the laws don’t have to follow the rules.”
- The Satirized Evening Post
May 12, 2020
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