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Nearly 2,000 ex-Justice Department employees sign letter criticizing Barr for moving to drop Flynn charges

May 11, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09: The Justice Department building on a foggy morning on December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. It is expected that the Justice Department Inspector General will release his report on the investigation into the Justice and FBIs conduct during the FISA warrant process as it relates to the 2016 election today.(Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Nearly 2,000 former Justice Department employees criticized Attorney General William Barr for moving to drop the charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn last week, saying in an open letter published Monday that Barr had "assaulted the rule of law" and calling for him to resign.

Washington (CNN)Nearly 2,000 former Justice Department employees criticized Attorney General William Barr for moving to drop the charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn last week, saying in an open letter published Monday that Barr had "assaulted the rule of law" and calling for him to resign.

The letter, organized by Protect Democracy, a nonprofit that has combated the Trump administration, mirrored a similar effort put forward by the group earlier this year after the Justice Department softened its sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone in another episode that sparked cries of political interference in cases involving the President's friends.

"While it is rare for a court to deny the Department's request to dismiss an indictment, if ever there were a case where the public interest counseled the court to take a long, hard look at the government's explanation and the evidence, it is this one," the letter says.

The officials also revived their call for Barr to resign "for the integrity of the Justice Department and for our democracy," and said that lawmakers should censure Barr for the move and reschedule a planned testimony that had been canceled as a result of the pandemic "as soon as safely possible. "

Barr said the department had a "duty" to move to dismiss the charges against Flynn during an interview with CBS News on Thursday.

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