McConnell, McCarthy Stand By Barr, Vow Efforts to “Intimidate” Him Will “Fall Woefully Short”

Amid continued controversy stemming from his handling of the Roger Stone case, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy continue to stand by Attorney General William Barr.

The two Rpublican leaders issued a joint statement:

“Suggestions from outside groups that the attorney general has fallen short of the responsibilities of his office are unfounded,” the Republican leaders wrote, in an apparent shot at Protect Democracy – a left-wing organization that solicited signatures from more than 1,000 ex-DOJ officials to call for Barr’s resignation in the guise of a nonpartisan effort.

“The attorney general has shown that he is committed without qualification to securing equal justice under law for all Americans,” the statement continued, after noting that Barr had been confirmed by the Senate “four times to positions of the utmost public trust” in his career.

Politico reports Democrats and outside groups attacked Barr last week after the Justice Department revised a sentencing recommendation for Stone, after a tweet from Trump declaring that the initial sentencing recommendation of seven-to-nine years was “horrible and very unfair.” The Justice Department maintains that the agency planned to adjust Stone’s sentencing recommendation before Trump’s tweet. The new recommendation, however, prompted the four career prosecutors assigned to the case to withdraw from the case.

More than 2,000 DOJ alumni have called on Barr to resign, according to the group Protect Democracy, which organized a letter.

In an interview with ABC News, Barr defended the integrity of the Justice Department but chastised the president for his tweets — an unusual move for a sitting Cabinet official.