“The Justice Department’s decision to overrule its career prosecutors, immediately after President Trump’s tweet, calls into question the independence and integrity of our legal system,” Harris wrote in a letter to Graham. “Failure to meet basic oversight responsibilities in the face of such alarming news would send a signal to this and future administrations that the Senate no longer conducts itself as a co-equal branch of government.”
Harris requested that Barr speak to the committee so that “the American people can understand the Justice Department’s decision to overrule its career prosecutors in this case.”
The revised sentencing recommendation also prompted outrage from Democratic leadership. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter Tuesday to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz requesting an investigation into whether any political interference affected the sentencing recommendation.