Sondland Testimony Sparks Renewed Calls For AG Barr’s Impeachment, Resignation
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland made clear in his testimony on Wednesday that President Donald Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, plotted to leverage U.S. military aid to Ukraine for personal favors that would benefit the president.
In light of Sondland’s testimony, an investigation into Giuliani for attempted bribery and election interference appears warranted, but some are questioning whether the country’s top law enforcement officer is impartial enough to make that call.
Law & Crime noted that following Wednesday’s hearing, former federal prosecutor and Pace Law School scholar Mimi Rocah tweeted: “If Bill Barr isn’t fully compromised, Rudy Giuliani should be prosecuted for bribery and election interference conspiracies.”
Mimi Rocah on Twitter
“If Bill Barr isn’t fully compromised, @RudyGiuliani should be prosecuted for bribery & election interference conspiracies based on the testimony at these impeachment hearings alone.”
Others reached similar conclusions: former chief counsel for oversight and investigations of the House Judiciary Committee and People for the American Way Senior Counsel Elliot Mincberg told Law & Crime that Barr should recuse himself.
“Sondland’s testimony today provides strong evidence that warrants an investigation and possible prosecution of Rudy Giuliani for soliciting foreign interference in U.S. elections and attempted bribery,” he said. “Unfortunately, it seems highly unlikely that William Barr’s Justice Department will undertake that, unless Barr finally agrees to recuse himself from anything relating to the Ukraine matter.”
Barr was implicated in the Ukraine scandal from the very beginning, earning a mention in the intelligence community whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) noted as much in a statement on Wednesday, tweeting: “Barr was directly implicated in the whistleblower complaint from day one of this scandal, but it is clear from today’s testimony that high level admin officials were well aware of Trump’s Ukraine policy. Barr’s involvement must be investigated.”