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Comey: Trump, Barr damaged Justice Department

Comey: Trump, Barr damaged Justice Department
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Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump remarks put pressure on Barr Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals DOJ weakens policy on investigating elections: report MORE railed against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrThe Hill's Campaign Report: Two weeks to the election l Biden leads in new polls as debate looms l Trump pressures DOJ on Hunter Biden Trump remarks put pressure on Barr Meadows says Trump did not order declassification of Russia documents MORE in a Washington Post op-ed Wednesday, saying that the duo was leaving a "legacy of damage to a vital American institution" — the Justice Department.

"The Justice Department was damaged when the attorney general and the president lied to the American people about the work of the special counsel investigating the president," Comey wrote, referring to former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's Russia investigation.

Comey added: "They damaged it again when the attorney general intervened in a case involving the president’s friend Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneTrump remarks put pressure on Barr DOJ veteran says he's quitting over Barr's 'slavish obedience' to Trump Only William Barr stands between Trump and the end of democracy in America MORE to overrule the sentencing recommendation of career prosecutors. And they damaged it again when the attorney general tried to drop a case in which the president’s ally Michael Flynn had already pleaded guilty, twice."

The chorus of criticism surrounding Trump has grown louder in recent months for multiple reasons, one of them being the appearance of an increasingly politicized Justice Department.
 
The former FBI chief said that for America to move forward, the damage caused by Trump and Barr "must be repaired."
 
This translates into electing Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE as president, Comey asserted.
 
"We need a president who will appoint an attorney general not because he needs a personal defense lawyer but because American justice needs a guardian," Comey concluded. "We need a president who has devoted his life to serving others through the rule of law. We need to elect Joe Biden."