Democrats have decided to revive their attacks on Attorney General Bill Barr.
According to the Daily Caller, two “whistleblowers” are set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next week about alleged Justice Department misconduct. Their testimonies come at the request of Judiciary panel Democrats, led by New York Rep. Jerry Nadler (D).
Subpoenaed to testify
The two “whistleblowers,” who reportedly received that designation so they could speak out without fear of retribution, are both high-level officials in the Justice Department that have been subpoenaed to testify against Barr.
The first is Aaron Zelinsky, formerly a top prosecutor on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, according to the Daily Caller. Mueller’s probe included the vindictive prosecution against Roger Stone over the process crime of making false statements to Congress, though no evidence proving wrongdoing by President Donald Trump with regard to “Russia collusion” was discovered.
According to the Daily Caller, “Zelinsky resigned from his position as a prosecutor on the case against Stone on Feb. 11 after the Justice Department’s main office intervened to recommend a lighter sentence against the Trump associate.”
Also of note: as a member of Mueller’s team, Zelinsky also led the effort to prosecute Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos over making false statements to investigators. According to the Daily Caller, that case ended in a plea deal that included a mere two-week sentence in prison, and it was later revealed by an inspector general’s report that the FBI and prosecutors had failed to disclose exculpatory evidence that would have cleared Papadopoulos.
The second individual to be subpoenaed by Nadler is John Elias, who serves as the acting chief of staff for the assistant attorney general at the DOJ’s antitrust division.
According to the Daily Caller, Elias will testify on “improperly motivated activity” that allegedly took place in the antitrust division on Barr’s orders.
The rule of law?
In a statement on Tuesday announcing the planned testimonies, which are scheduled to be heard June 24, Nadler claimed that Barr has repeatedly “demonstrated that he will cater to President Trump’s private political interests, at the expense of the American people and the rule of law.”
“He has abruptly reversed course on prosecutions against the President’s allies and friends. He has pursued pretextual investigations against the President’s perceived political enemies,” the New York Democrat said.
He went on: “The Committee welcomes the testimony of current and former Department officials who will speak to the lasting damage the President and the Attorney General have inflicted on the Department of Justice.”
The DOJ reportedly declined a request for comment from the Daily Caller regarding the upcoming testimonial attacks against Barr.