Crisis at the Justice Department

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February 18, 2020
Reiss Center on Law and Security
Just Security

In recent days, we have seen evidence of turmoil at the Department of Justice, including the highly unusual withdrawal of four prosecutors from the Roger Stone case following an intervention by DOJ leadership to reverse the government’s recommended sentence, the decision by Attorney General William Barr to open an outside review into the Michael Flynn case, and direct commentary on Twitter by President Donald Trump about ongoing cases.

In this panel, NYU Law faculty who previously served as senior DOJ and Executive Branch lawyers provided insight into the Stone case and others, and evaluated the relative significance of these events. Panelists also addressed the role of various actors—including the Attorney General and the White House—in DOJ prosecutorial decisions, and the challenges to DOJ independence from political forces.

Moderator:
• Ryan Goodman (moderator), Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, NYU School of Law; Faculty Co-director, Reiss Center on Law and Security; Co-editor-in-chief, Just Security

Panelists:
• Bob Bauer, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Reiss Center on Law and Security; former White House Counsel to President Obama
• Lisa Monaco, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Reiss Center on Law and Security; former AAG for National Security and former Homeland Security Advisor to President Obama
• Andrew Weissmann, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Reiss Center on
Law and Security; former General Counsel, FBI and former Senior Special Counsel for Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III

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