Heat on Barr Grows as Judges Call Special Meeting

National association of federal judges is worried about intervention in political cases
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2020 10:45 AM CST

(Newser) – The pressure continues to be turned up on Attorney General William Barr. The independent Federal Judges Association is convening an emergency meeting Tuesday to address concerns about how the Justice Department and President Trump have intervened in high-profile political cases, reports USA Today. (Two recent examples were the cases of Trump allies Roger Stone and Michael Flynn.) The move comes days after more than 1,000 former Justice Department officials demanded that Barr resign. More on what's happening:

  • Significance: The move by the judges' group "is another example of the scrutiny Barr is facing from not only Democrats but also members of the legal community—from both sides of the political aisle," per Axios.
  • Why: "We just could not wait until April to discuss matters of this importance," said Philadelphia US District Judge Cynthia Rufe, the group's president and an appointee of George W. Bush. "There are plenty of issues that we are concerned about." She also voiced support for the federal judge in the Stone case, Amy Berman Jackson, who was criticized online by Trump. Critics including Hillary Clinton said that amounted to intimidation.

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