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More than 1,100 ex-Justice Department staffers DEMAND AG William Barr is fired over handling of Roger Stone case

MORE than 1,100 Justice Department employees are calling for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr in wake of his "outrageous" intervention in the Roger Stone case.

Earlier this week Barr had modified the sentencing recommendation for Stone after President Trump had criticized the proposed punishment for his former advisor.

The four Department of Justice lawyers working the Stone case would withdraw from the case in protest, and at least of them resigned.

And now DOJ alumni say that Barr should follow suit.

"Mr. Barr's actions in doing the president's personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words," the group said in a statement released today and signed by 1,142 former DOJ employees.

"Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice's reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign."

The employees also said "we support and commend the four career prosecutors who upheld their oaths and stood up for the Department's independence by withdrawing from the Stone case and/or resigning from the Department."

The lengthy statement noted that Stone was convicted of "serious crimes" and that it is "unheard of" for leadership to overrule prosecutors.

"It is even more outrageous for the Attorney General to intervene as he did here - after the president publicly condemned the sentencing recommendation that line prosecutors had already filed in court."

Stone was found guilty of seven felonies last year, including lying to Congress. The DOJ prosecutors recommended that the former Trump confidant be sentenced to seven-to-nine years in prison.

Barr then amended the recommendation to a much more lenient term, a move which was applauded by Trump.

"Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought," Trump tweeted.

Barr even recently admitted that Trump's tweets were making it "impossible for me to do my job."

"I'm happy to say that, in fact, the president has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case," Barr told ABC News on Thursday.

"However, to have public statements and tweets made about the department, about our people ...

"... About cases pending in the department, and about judges before whom we have cases, make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we're doing our work with integrity."

The DOJ alumni applauded Barr's "belated acknowledgment," but said it clearly was not enough.

Stone is expected to be sentenced by a federal judge next week. His lawyers filed a motion on Friday seeking a new trial.

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