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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 ComeyMystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom Trump DOJ seized phone records of New York Times reporters MORE railed against President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists Judge temporarily blocks release of Trump obstruction memo Garland pledges review of DOJ policies amid controversy 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 StoneFeds charge members of Three Percenters militia group over Jan. 6 attack Biden's anti-corruption memo is good news — and essential to US national security Legal intrigue swirls over ex-Trump exec Weisselberg: Five key points 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 BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting 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."