Months ago, Attorney General Bill Barr announced the Department of Justice was no longer seeking to throw the book at Roger Stone. Last week, Barr decided to withdraw the case against Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn. This week, Paul Manafort was allowed out of prison six years early. Given sweet legal deals have been handed to the allies of President Donald Trump, reporters and analysts are wondering why the case against a staunch Republican senator is even moving forward with an FBI warrant.
It was a question Mother Jones reporter Mark Follman asked if it was really more "about Bill Barr targeting the one powerful Republican who authenticated the Russia investigation."
This escalation is worth watching closely—because while Burr’s pre-pandemic stock sales look totally rotten, this i… https://t.co/neuZcJyYlx— Mark Follman (@Mark Follman)1589424166.0
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) did a similar stock-dump but for some reason, she's not under investigation.
Who wonders whether Bill Barr’s DOJ will also investigate Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Trump backer who also apparently b… https://t.co/2kxZMopueV— Mark Follman (@Mark Follman)1589425664.0
He wasn't the only one who questioned the move. Lauren Wern noted that it was Burr who legitimized the investigation in his committee.
Given current circumstances of how Barr operates, some people are wondering if the investigation into Burr is retal… https://t.co/g9H32Ctg2G— Lauren Werner (@Lauren Werner)1589426703.0
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara noted that signing a warrant for a U.S. senator isn't something done lightly.
This is a very, very big deal. This is not something the FBI or DOJ does lightly. It requires layers of review, the… https://t.co/gkUbX9TLaZ— Preet Bharara (@Preet Bharara)1589424917.0