Donald Trump crushes Bill Barr by refusing to stop tweeting about the Ministry of Justice and claiming he has the legal right to intervene in criminal cases – but has not yet opted for it
- Trump responded to AG Bill Barr’s extraordinary statement urging the president to stop tweeting on criminal cases
- He noted Barr’s statement: “The President never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.”
- Trump wrote that he “has the legal right to do this”
- Said he “has not chosen so far”
- Trump overturned the sentencing recommendation for years of adviser Roger Stone
- Stone was convicted of lying to Congress about contacts with WikiLeaks, an important aspect of the Russian probe
President Donald Trump hit back on Bill Barr Friday and claimed the “legal right” to intervene in criminal cases, after his attorney general had warned him about his tweets and comments made it difficult for him to do his job.
Trump’s pushback, which he posted on Twitter, closed a week of extraordinary statements about the criminal case of years of adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted of tampering with witnesses and lying to Congress about contacts with WikiLeaks.
Trump quoted from Barr’s extraordinary interview with ABC News, in which he said: “The president never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.
He then added, “This does not mean that I, as President, do not have the legal right to do so, I do, but so far I have chosen not to!”
President Trump said he had the “legal right” to intervene in criminal cases “but so far I have chosen not to!”
“I think it’s time to stop tweeting about the justice department’s criminal cases,” Barr said ABC.
“I can’t do my job here in the department with a constant background commentary that undermines me.”
It was a rare setback for a government official against Trump, although according to the White House it was not something the president had a problem with.
“The president was not bothered by the comments at all, and he has the right, like any other American citizen, to make his opinion public,” said White House Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, in a statement.
“President Trump is using social media very effectively to fight for the American people against injustice in our country, including fake news. The president has full confidence and trust in Attorney General Barr to do his job and enforce the law, “she said.
“I can’t do my job here in the department with a constant background commentary that undermines me,” Barr ABC said after days of Trump commentary on the Roger Stone case
Trump wrote that he “had hitherto chosen not to intervene” in criminal cases
Roger Stone, former campaign adviser to US President Donald Trump, arrives for his criminal trial on charges of lying to Congress, impediment to justice and witnessing tampering with the US court in Washington, US, November 6, 2019
Trump’s defense of his behavior came after a week in which he overturned the government’s initial nine-year conviction for Stone, a movement that led to a rapid reversal by the Justice Department. Trump also went after the judge who oversaw the case, as well as the jury chairman, whom he accused of bias after it was revealed that she went to Congress in 2012 as a democrat.
His remarks caused a stir, with some Democrats demanding that Barr resigned or was dismissed. It also followed a week in which Trump pushed out people who testified against him or acted against his alleged interests during charges.
The collision is coming of the planned conviction alongside Stone, the former Trump consigliery found guilty of lying to Congress, obstruction and tampering with witnesses.
Dour federal public prosecutors asked to remove themselves from the case after DOJ’s turn, following Trump’s tweet that destroyed the sentencing recommendation for Stone. Researchers were interested in Stone’s opinion on interactions with WikiLeaks when they examined Russia’s election hack in 2016.