Here’s the easiest prediction in American politics. If Trump gets reelected and if Barr stays on as Attorney General — and Trump will want him to — then Barr will be impeached next year. (This also assumes Democrats hold the House, but that’s a safe assumption.) Given all the smoke billowing from the DOJ right now, I think House Dems would impeach him before the end of the summer if not for the fact that it would distract the party in the stretch run of a presidential campaign.
Yes, sure, it’d be another futile effort since there’s little chance that the Senate would remove Barr. Even if the chamber turns blue this fall, a Democratic Senate would still need something like 15 Republican votes to reach a two-thirds majority to remove. Highly unlikely, if not quite as completely unlikely as Trump’s removal was. But removal isn’t the point. Remember that after Trump was impeached in December, Pelosi happily chirped to reporters that no matter what happened in the Senate, Trump would remain impeached forever. He might end up keeping his job but the impeachment stigma would never wash off. That’s how they’re going to approach it when they eventually impeach Barr too.
Aaron Zelinsky is an Assistant U.S. Attorney who works in Maryland. He joined Mueller’s team and was one of four “line prosecutors” charged with running the case against Roger Stone. He got the conviction and he and his colleagues prepared a sentencing memo for the court, in line with the factors that the U.S. sentencing guidelines set forth. That’s almost a mathematical calculation; prosecutors add and subtract “points” based on various incriminating and mitigating aspects of the defendant’s conduct to determine how stiff the recommended sentence should be. That’s when things started getting sticky, though. Shortly before the sentencing hearing, news leaked that the line prosecutors were at odds with their bosses at DOJ headquarters, who wanted a more lenient sentence for Stone. In the end the line prosecutors were allowed to file their original sentencing memo and seek a stiff sentence.