Legal scholars, former federal prosecutors and ethics experts are all sounding the alarm on the top three prosecutors in the Roger Stone case resigning.
The moment came after the Department of Justice withdrew their sentencing recommendation of Roger Stone after President Donald Trump went off about it on Twitter.
As some federal prosecutors noted, sometimes the only way to draw attention to something that is wrong is to resign. Others explained that this incident is far from normal, saying that both prosecutors resigning from the case is unheard of, particularly if the case is over and it's merely awaiting sentencing.
You can see their comments in the tweets below:
A 3rd prosecutor has stepped down from the Stone case. DOJ has filed a 5 page memo, contradicting its earlier memo. https://t.co/37cqx1f7nO— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1581458662.0
I can't believe I have to say this, but the President of the United States has no business interfering in the crimi… https://t.co/mPuaEbmhow— Mark Warner (@Mark Warner)1581458328.0
impact. Courts are legally required to analyze the factors that might apply and explain their decisions for that re… https://t.co/4iPZeu0Jqx— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Elizabeth de la Vega)1581459001.0
This is so true, and some people are polite. But others, will actually tag @SenatorCollins https://t.co/3QyON0Nbxt— Jennifer Taub (@Jennifer Taub)1581456274.0
Today, February 11, 2020, the Republican Party gutted the rule of law. Along with countless others, I served 18 yea… https://t.co/LMG1GnTSS6— @JulieZebrak (@@JulieZebrak)1581459615.0
This, the 2nd withdrawal notice from a career prosecutor, speaks loudly to those of us who used to work at DOJ. The… https://t.co/eAEaA0zfKt— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1581455558.0
At a certain point, the best way for honorable people to make an impact is to resign. https://t.co/exgeRhkJd4— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Elizabeth de la Vega)1581455716.0
AUSA Jon Kravis is an outstanding, honorable, ethical career public servant & one of the country’s best Public Corr… https://t.co/P93q6v1VKW— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner)1581455987.0
1/ DOJ's sentencing recommendation in a high profile case like Stone's would surely be discussed internally well be… https://t.co/yoJU8AHYbF— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1581454808.0
3/ It is unusual for the DOJ to reverse course on its sentencing recommendation at any time, but to do so one day a… https://t.co/WfeedQOqp9— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1581454809.0
Courage and integrity. Let's hope we see some more if it at DOJ. https://t.co/Wd7H6zMfj9— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1581451846.0
If he did not resign, he would have to stand up in court and explain to the judge why the government's position on… https://t.co/T1Uyf2mbRX— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1581454907.0
Old enough to remember Bill Barr giving a speech slamming local prosecutors for not throwing the book at defendants… https://t.co/jfKpOhXluf— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1581444013.0
Things are not good, folks. https://t.co/2fEXbj3KzO— Chris Geidner (@Chris Geidner)1581454857.0
Another career prosecutor who does not want to be associated with the now-tainted Stone sentencing. https://t.co/65aBwLtLpK— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Elizabeth de la Vega)1581454995.0
Career prosecutors should not have to resign. This is how Trump will re-make the DOJ as his. The political appointe… https://t.co/yrP1O2V8qg— Mimi Rocah (@Mimi Rocah)1581455217.0
basically can't overmphasize the impact of the resignations of Kravis and Zelinsky. this is the worst crisis for D… https://t.co/v3v8F8VFyb— Harry Litman (@Harry Litman)1581457062.0
@sam_vinograd 1/ The three prosecutors who resigned today were primarily responsible for the case. They would prop… https://t.co/f1fv8UlbWB— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1581460093.0
Is accountability possible after impeachment? Does Trump get a pass for anything? The Stone debacle comes on the he… https://t.co/PRGwRiTdmQ— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1581459971.0