Over 1,100 former Justice Department officials have added their names to an online letter calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign following his intervention in the case of former Trump campaign associate Roger Stone.
The action was organized by Protect Democracy, a nonprofit advocacy group staffed by former government officials, political operatives, and activists that has been opposing Trump’s agenda via legal means.
The Stone CaseProsecutors originally recommended seven to nine years in prison for Stone, who was convicted of lying to and obstructing Congress and witness tampering. The Justice Department, however, intervened in the case, calling the recommendation “excessive.”
“The government respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration far less than 87 to 108 months’ imprisonment would be reasonable under the circumstances,” the department wrote in a revised sentencing memorandum.
Protect DemocracyProtect Democracy was created in 2017 “to prevent American Democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government,” its website states.
Its team includes former White House and Justice Department officials, as well as various political operatives including Aaron Baird, a former adviser to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.); Corey Dukes, a former adviser to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); Justin Vail, a former aide to former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.); and Soren Dayton, a former aide to the presidential campaign of late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
The staff also includes several alumni of the American Civil Liberties Union and two former Naval Intelligence operatives.
They credit themselves with helping to shut down Trump’s voter integrity commission, suing to block Trump’s border emergency declaration, and a running campaign to have Trump prosecuted for obstruction of justice, among other initiatives.
The group pulled in over $2.6 million in 2017 and nearly $7 million in 2018. It also runs an affiliated dark money group called United to Protect Democracy.