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Barr Acts Wrong

Editor, News-Register:

Current Attorney General of the United States William Bar, an obviously unabashed loyalist and appointee of President Donald J. Trump, has, as a result of his recent unprecedented intervention in the legal proceeding and sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone, which resulted in over 2,000 former U.S. Department of Justice officials calling for Attorney General Barr to resign from office, appears to be performing more as President Trump’s personal attorney and advocate and not as a fair and impartial chief law enforcement official for our great nation.

In addition, four federal prosecutors involved with the case decided to resign in protest, including one official resigning from the Department of Justice entirely.

Roger Stone, with his quite bizarre personage and troubling political history, is a long-time personal friend, ally and notorious “dirty trickster” for President Trump. He had been sentenced to 7-9 years in the federal penitentiary for his proven lying to Congress, under oath, during the investigation of his involvement with Russian political cohorts in assisting then-candidate Trump in the 2016 presidential election. The sentence was completely in line with long-time established federal guidelines. Stone had his sentence reduced to 40 months, as a result of Attorney General Barr’s intervention, which was encouraged and later enthusiastically praised by President Trump.

In addition, Attorney General Barr reportedly has instructed the Justice Department to investigate former CIA and FBI officials who had produced pertinent, possibly incriminating, information on President Trump and his political advocates, and has enthusiastically involved himself in the process currently being pursued by President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, in his obviously politically motivated attempt to “dig up dirt” against former Vice President land strong contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Joe Biden, and his son Hunter, by his solicitation for the involvement of officials from Ukraine to conduct a clandestine investigation of the aforementioned U.S. citizens.

In short, it sadly appears quite obvious that Attorney General Barr has willfully decided to transform the impartial Department of Justice into President Trump’s personal detective/investigative agency and, as a result, has shockingly changed the department from being unbiased and apolitical into a political wing of the Trump administration.

Such behavior and machinations are much more reminiscent of a dictatorship or oligarchy than a free society such as ours.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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