Allegedly President Donald Trump is not “harassed” by the shocking reprimand of Attorney General Bill Barr that he must “stop tweeting” about criminal cases because this “undermines” his ability to do his job.
On Tuesday, Barr, a Trump loyalist, shared his surprising warning to the president during an interview with ABC news saying: “I think it’s time to stop tweeting about criminal cases from the Ministry of Justice.”
“I can’t do my job here in the department with a constant background commentary that undermines me,” Barr, who held the same position under President George H.W. Bush added.
“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, Fox on Thursday.
Allegedly President Donald Trump is not “harassed” by the shocking reprimand of Attorney General Bill Barr that he must “stop tweeting” about criminal cases because it “undermines” his ability to do his job
On Tuesday, Barr, a Trump loyalist, shared his surprising admonition to the president during an interview and said, “I think it’s time to stop tweeting about criminal cases from the Department of Justice.”
Trump’s administration then defended his excessive use of Twitter.
“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 added.
Barr’s reprimand for Trump came days after the president launched a Twitter spree in which he criticized prosecutors of the Justice Department for recommending his former adviser Roger Stone to serve a nine-year prison sentence.
Senior leaders from the Ministry of Justice intervened and reduced the punishment, as a result of which all four prosecutors in the case resigned within hours.
The movement brought powerful Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff, accusing the president of violating the “rule of law” to interfere with a non-political justice system – and one said that Congress should consider accusing him again.
The crisis unfolded before the planned sentencing next week of Roger Stone, the former Trump consigliery who was found guilty of lying to Congress, obstruction and tampering with witnesses.
Trump tweeted his anger at a demand that Stone be sentenced to nine years in jail, followed an hour later by anonymous senior officials from the Justice Department called it “excessive.”
Barr has denied that he is being influenced and called on the president to stop tweeting.
“I am not being bullied or influenced by anyone … whether it is a congress, an editorial board of the newspaper or the president,” Barr said ABC news in an interview.
“I’m going to do what I think is right. And you know … I can’t do my job here in the department with a constant background commentary that undermines me, “he said.
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He said “of course” that he was prepared for the consequences of criticizing the president. Trump has ridiculed months of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not withdrawing from the Russian probe.
Barr said his actions in the Roger Stone case “had nothing to do with the president,” as the network put it.
After prosecutors demanded seven to nine years in prison for Stone after his conviction, Trump put the move online.
“Can’t allow this judicial error!” Trump wrote.
Stone was convicted of tampering with witnesses and lying to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, when he was an informal Trump adviser. Democrats say it was part of a “coverup” to protect Trump.
Barr said it would be “ridiculous” to suggest that he was “intervening” in the case, and DOJ said earlier this week that the timing was accidental. However, Trump has maintained a series of pressing comments about the case.
BILL BARR: THE LIGHTNING OF TRUMP
In public clash with the president caps a year minus one day as Attorney General for Bill Barr – he was confirmed by the Senate on February 14, 2019.
But most of the time the clashes were reversed: Barr positioned himself as a solid defender of the president, a man who had previously asked, “Where is my Roy Cohn?” in reference to his one-time personal lawyer, the infamous McCarthy interrogator, who became New York, legal-enforcer.
He refused to refuse himself to oversee the Mueller investigation and then summarized his findings weeks before its publication, stating that Mueller had not identified any collusion between Trump and Russia – but that the special counsel wrote to Barr to complain ‘insufficiently stated’ his conclusions and warned people were confused about what he had really found. Barr later denied that it was a summary.
On the day of Mueller’s publication, he held his own press conference before anyone had read it
In April, he said he believed “espionage took place” during the Trump campaign and then defended the use of the word when the FBI denied it had spied. Then he announced an investigation into the origin of the Russian investigation in the first place, which is still ongoing, making it a criminal investigation in October. He later called the Russian investigation “completely unfounded” despite the fact that the investigation was not yet over.
And he contradicted the conclusion of Inspector General Michael Horowitz of the Ministry of Justice that the Russian probe was not based on political prejudice, but offered no evidence.
Other controversies include his attacks on sanctuary cities, and one on “militant secularists” in a speech at Notre Dame University who claimed they were “campaigning to destroy the traditional moral order.”
Barr has tried to reduce the federal death penalty, supports a federal marijuana ban and puts the weight of the Ministry of Justice behind a case that critics say would discourage Obamacare.
Trump said on Thursday that the jury of jury member Roger Stone had “much bias” in his last intervention in the criminal trial of his old advisor.
Barr says he had already spoken to staff about the recommendation for sentencing Stone – which he said was too strict – before the President’s tweet in the early morning. But the public explosion put him in a bad position.
‘Are you moving forward with what you think is the right decision or are you withdrawing because of the tweet? And that just illustrates a bit how disturbing these tweets can be, “he failed.
Barr used the interview to offer his most complete version of his promotions.
He said that he had not believed that the prosecutors would ask for a fixed time limit for Stone and that when he heard Monday that they had done so, he had instructed his staff to act.
“When the tweet took place, I thought,” What should I do now? ” He said.
Immediately asked if Trump had asked him to intervene in the Stone case, he said: “Never.”
“I didn’t discuss the Roger Stone case at the White House,” he said.
And he also pushed back on allegations that he acted like a bagman for the president, pushed political investigations and said, “If he said you know” go investigate someone because “and you, you feel it is because they opponent, an attorney general should not and should not do that. “
Asked if he acted as “the president’s personal lawyer,” he said, “I expect many low strokes, and there are many lows, but I don’t respond.”
“The fact that the tweets that are there and correspond to the things that we do in the department, gives corn to the mill.”
Barr’s defense suggests that he sees the Stone scandal as a threat to him and his reputation like no other. His detailed timeline in the interview will certainly be examined by Democrats when he testifies to Congress.
In particular, they will certainly look at his claim that the Washington D.C. American attorney, Timothy Shea, had told him that prosecutors wanted to make a recommendation of seven to nine years, but he had agreed with Barr that they would postpone the judge.
Barr told ABC that he was stunned to find out more about the recommendation and wiped it out Tuesday morning.
Four judicial career prosecutors asked to be removed from the case immediately afterwards. Barr played down the rebellion and said he was “a little surprised” to hear they had left. He said he had not spoken to the prosecutors in advance.
Barr spoke just after Trump had weighed again with interviewer Geraldo Rivera on Thursday – disputing this time that the career officers left in protest.
“What they did to Roger Stone was a shame,” Trump said in an interview broadcast on Newsradio WTAM1100.
“I don’t think they left the case. I think they felt caught, “he said. “I don’t think they stopped for moral reasons. I think they caught me in the act. “
‘What am I going to do now, sit back and let a man go to prison for nine years if the killers don’t go to prison? You have some of the most serious and terrible rapists and everything else. They don’t go to jail for nine years, “Trump said.
When asked directly if he had a problem with the President’s tweets, Barr replied: “Yes. Well, I have a problem with some, some tweets. As I said during my affirmative hearing, I believe that the essential role of the Attorney General is to enforce law enforcement, sanction the criminal process to ensure that it does not involve political interference. “
“And I did that and I will continue to do that,” he said. “And I’m happy to say that the president never actually asked me to do anything in a criminal case,” Barr said.
Barr traveled to Europe in connection with an investigation into the roots of the Russian probe and has charged a career officer with the investigation of possible misconduct by the FBI – in a probe that puts Trump investigators on the defensive.
In his morning intervention, Trump jumped at revelations that the foreman, who represents the jury during communication with the judge during a trial, had gone to Congress as a congressman, tweeted about Stone’s arrest and posed with prominent democrats.
The foreman, Tomeka Hart, revealed her identity in a Facebook post where she defended the federal prosecutors who were handling the case – after Trump had publicly attacked them this week.
The president tweeted on Thursday in the midst of a commotion in Congress about his interventions in the Stone case: “Now it seems that the front person in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had a lot of bias. Add that to everything else, and this doesn’t look good for the ‘Justice’ department. @foxandfriends @FoxNews, “he wrote.
The explosion of Trump came after he was on Tuesday after the judge overseeing Stone’s case, Amy Berman Jackson.
“Is this the judge who placed Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFIRMATION, something that even gangster Al Capone should not have tolerated?” Trump wrote. “How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? I’m just asking!’
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He also overturned the nine-year sentence recommended by a team of federal prosecutors – an action that preceded the extraordinary reversal of the Ministry of Justice and the submission of a new sentencing memorandum to the judge who did not recommend imprisonment .
After the turn, four career prosecutors were removed from the case, and one left his position completely.
Hart wrote that she decided to end her “silence” on the case to “stand up” for the four prosecutors, whose decision to withdraw was seen as a clear protest.
Amid the turmoil and Democrats who say President Trump is acting against the rule of law following his acquittal of accusations in the Senate, Attorney General Bill Barr has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next month and to report a one-year absence to break.
Tomeka Hart revealed on Wednesday that she chaired the Roger Stone jury
Trump digs in the Department of Justice – put the name in quotation marks – came the day after he greeted the agency for turning back after his complaints.
“The fact is that Roger Stone was treated terribly and so many other people, their lives were destroyed,” Trump smelled together with the President of Ecuador in the Oval Office.
“You have murderers and drug addicts – they don’t get nine years.” Nine years to do something that nobody can even define what he did. Someone said he released a tweet. And the tweet, that’s what you base it on. We have murderers, we have murderers everywhere, nothing happens. And then they put a man in prison and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children. Nine years in prison is a shame. ”
Stone was convicted on seven points, including witnessing tampering and lying to Congress.
Earlier, Trump praised Bill Barr for “taking charge” of Stone’s case.
He denied that he spoke with the Ministry of Justice, although he added: “I could do it if I wanted to. I have the absolute right to do it. I stay out of things to a degree that people would not believe. “
“But I didn’t talk to them. I thought the (original) recommendation was ridiculous, I thought the whole prosecution was ridiculous, “Trump ventured.
Trump’s final move comes after Hart was revealed as a failed Democratic candidate for Congress and an activist firmly opposed to President Donald Trump.
Hart, a former chairman of the Board of Directors of Memphis City Schools, came forward Wednesday as the jury chairman of Stone in a Facebook post, in which he expressed support for prosecutors in the case.
Heart confirmed The Daily Memphian that she wrote the Facebook message, but she refused an interview with the newspaper.
Stone supporters were shocked when an assessment of Hart’s social media reports revealed that she had posted the dramatic arrest of Stone on Twitter before she was on the jury, often denouncing Trump, including the president and his racist supporters to mention.
It is unclear whether Stone’s political views and the history of social media were revealed during the jury’s choice, which could possibly raise questions about fairness that could influence the judgment on appeal.
Hart (left) is seen with former chairman of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile
Hart returned a message about the arrest of Stone in January 2019, months before the trial
Hart emerged in the midst of controversy over the conviction of Stone, after the four prosecutors withdrew in response to Trump criticizing the government’s recommendation to sentence Stone to nine years in prison.
Trump has said that the prosecution of his former campaign advisor Stone prosecution for obstruction, false statements and tampering with witnesses has been handled in a way that was “ridiculous” and “insult to our country.”
“I’ve been silent for months. Initially it was for my safety. Then I decided to remain silent for fear of politicizing the matter, “said Hart in her Facebook message on Wednesday.
“But I can no longer remain silent. I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando and Jonathan Kravis – the prosecutors in the Roger Stone trial, “wrote Hart, referring to the prosecutors who resigned in protest.
“It hurts me to see that the DOJ is now interfering with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity and respect for our legal system. For that, I wanted to stand up for them and ask you to accompany me in thanking them for their services, “she said.
Hart went to Congress in 2012 as a democrat in vain and is an activist who participated in anti-Trump meetings and protests