“We are writing to express our alarm about and opposition to the unethical political intervention of senior Department of Justice officials in the case of Roger Stone,” nine senators wrote Friday in a letter to Barr that called for his immediate resignation.
Stone, a longtime adviser to Trump, was convicted in November on seven counts, including witness tampering, lying to Congress and obstructing an official proceeding, in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Earlier this week, the federal prosecutors who ran Stone’s trial abruptly dropped out of the case after DOJ leadership intervened to reduce their sentencing recommendation.
“The intervention in this case by you or other senior DOJ officials working under you is a clear violation of your duty to defend fair, impartial and equal justice for all Americans,” reads the letter signed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
Warren and Blumenthal had first called on Barr to resign on Thursday.
Neither the White House nor DOJ immediately responded to HuffPost’s requests for comment.
News reports revealed Friday that Barr had also ordered an outside prosecutor to revisit the criminal case against Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn — yet another move by the Justice Department to scrutinize cases or seek more lenient sentences for Trump’s allies.
9 Sen Ds have sent a ltr to AG Barr calling on him to resign for what they call “a clear violation of your duty to defend fair, impartial, & equal...