Washington (CNN)The leaders of a group of federal judges will meet Tuesday to “address growing concerns” about the recent intervention of President Donald Trump and the Justice Department in “politically sensitive cases,” USA Today reports.
Trump and Attorney General William Barr ignited fresh concerns about the impartiality of the Justice Department last week when Barr retracted a recommended sentence for Trump ally Roger Stone after the President criticized it on Twitter. Barr is also ordering a re-examination of several high-profile cases, including that of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The actions prompted more than 2,000 former Justice Department officials who served in Republican as well as Democratic administrations to sign a statement calling on Barr to resign.
Philadelphia US District Judge Cynthia Rufe, who serves as president of the 1,100-member Federal Judges Association, told USA Today that the group “could not wait” until a regularly scheduled April conference to discuss a “deepening crisis” involving the department and Barr. She said members called for Tuesday’s meeting following Trump’s criticism of the original sentencing recommendation for Stone, according to USA Today.
“There are plenty of issues that we are concerned about,” Rufe said, according to the newspaper. “We’ll talk all of this through.”
Rufe, who was nominated by President George W. Bush, told the newspaper that the judges “are set to convene via a conference call involving 15 to 20 officers and members of the association’s executive committee.” She said the