Trump claims he has 'legal right' to intervene in criminal cases
President reasserts his right to tweet on judicial issues following William Barr ’s warning the posts ‘make it impossible for me to do my job’Donald Trump has ignored a plea from his attorney general, William Barr, to not tweet about ongoing legal cases, by using his Twitter account to say he has a “legal right” to do so. Barr delivered a remarkable public rebuke of the president just hours earlier, saying that Trump’s tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job” and that he would not be “bullied or influenced” over justice department decisions. Barr’s comments came as he faced fierce criticism from Democrats over his intervention in the case of Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of Trump who was convicted in November. Barr this week overruled prosecutors who had recommended that Stone be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison. The four prosecutors on the case resigned in protest after Barr’s intervention. The move prompted a crisis of credibility for the US justice system, as top lawyers warned it could undermine the integrity of federal prosecutors, politicize the legal handling of Trump’s friends and enemies, and ultimately threaten democracy itself. But on Friday, Trump almost immediately showed Barr’s attempt to mute the president’s tweets had fallen on deaf ears. In an early morning tweet, Trump referred to Barr’s assertion that Trump had never asked him to do anything related to a criminal case, including Stone’s. “This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as president, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!” Trump said in the post. Stone was convicted in November of tampering with a witness and obstructing the congressional investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 election. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week. In an interview with ABC News, which aired on Thursday night, Barr said he wanted to lead the justice department without being influenced by outside forces, including the president. “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr said. In his interview, Barr emphasized Trump “has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case”, but he acknowledged the president’s comments undercut his authority. Barr warned Trump in a high-profile television interview that his social media interjections “make it impossible for me to do my job”. The sense of crisis at the justice department continued to build through Friday, as multiple news outlets reported that Barr has appointed an outside prosecutor to look at the criminal case against Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Last month, Flynn asked a judge to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea to charges he lied to the FBI during the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian election collusion, accusing prosecutors of “bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement”. Flynn’s petition was denied this week. According to NBC News, justice department officials have already intervened to help change Flynn’s sentencing recommendations from a six-month sentence to probation. The justice department also announced Friday that the former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe would not be charged over lying to investigators about a media disclosure. McCabe, who had approved the investigation into alleged links between the 2015 Trump election campaign and Russia-linked operatives, leading to Mueller’s investigation and report, has long been accused of playing partisan politics by the president, who also repeatedly called for McCabe’s prosecution. The president’s fresh assertion of his right to tweet on judicial issues is likely to further complicate the relationship between Barr and Trump which before the ABC interview had been seen as very close. But some commentators remained skeptical about the motivations behind Barr’s interview, and whether he was trying to distance himself from t Trump or was working to protect the justice department from interference. Former US attorney Preet Bharara tweeted: “I think Bill Barr is shrewd, deliberate, smart, calculating, careful, and full of it.” Donald Ayer, the former deputy attorney general told MSNBC: “I don’t think he’s fit for the office because I think what he’s done is undertake a campaign to undermine the Department of Justice.” Ayer, who preceded Barr as deputy attorney general under George HW Bush, added that Barr’s “pattern of conduct” since becoming attorney general involves “intervening out of usual course to protect Donald Trump”. Matthew Miller, an Obama-era justice department official, wrote on Twitter: “Don’t be fooled by this one, people. Barr is telling the president that his impulsiveness is making it politically harder for him to deliver the results he wants. If Trump would just shut up, Barr could take care of him much more effectively.” “The best indicator of future performance is past performance,” wrote the US congresswoman Val Demings, of Florida. “Attorney General Barr’s past performance was to mislead the American people (about the Mueller Report) in order to cover up wrongdoing by the president. Why shouldn’t we believe that’s exactly what he’s doing now?” But the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, speaking on Fox News, said Trump should heed Barr’s advice. “I think the president should listen,” McConnell, a powerful Republican, said. “If the attorney general says it’s getting in the way of doing his job, the president should listen to the attorney general.” In his interview with ABC, Barr added that public statements and tweets about the department and its pending 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”. He said: “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody ... whether it’s Congress, a newspaper editorial board, or the president. I’m gonna do what I think is right. And you know … I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.” The White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, responded by saying the president “wasn’t bothered” by Barr’s comments: “[Barr] has the right, just like any American citizen, to publicly offer his opinions. President Trump uses social media very effectively to fight for the American people against injustices in our country.” The Department of Justice has insisted the decision to undo the sentencing recommendation for Stone was made on Monday night, before Trump’s tweet calling the recommended sentence “very horrible and unfair”. Barr is not the only high-profile figure to have criticized Trump this week. On Wednesday, the former White House chief of staff John Kelly spoke out against the treatment of the fired impeachment inquiry witness Lt Col Alexander Vindman. Agencies contributed reporting Topics Read more: The Guardian
no. Well his evangelical lot seem to think he’s God - so anything goes God complex much! We'll just ignore those pesky facts like how Obama had at this point in his presidency had pardoned more people and killed a multitude of on going investigations. Because we're the and we're f'ing r3tard3d. Well, show him he's wrong over and over and over again.
Ron Howard: 'He does not' Very strange times, indeed. Trump doesn't understand how laws work. He's a wealthy, privileged, white man so he doesn't care how laws work. He only cares that they don't apply to him. Yes he can because the Republicans in power won't stop him. Duh. They crowned him king. When Obama did the same where were u? The guardians a bad joke 😠
Of course he does and Barr has a legal right to kiss his a—. Peas in a monarchy pod.
Trump was asked about voting for a gay president and his answer was bizarre Donald Trump has been asked about voting for a gay president and *just about* claimed he would in a pretty bizarre answer. Speaking on Geraldo Rivera’s podcast, the president was asked about Mayor Not like gay easy dirty on skin yuck They should stop reporting every thought Trump has on the election. He's throwing out whatever crap comes to his head trying to work an angle to sew division in the democratic primary. So he basically just said he would vote for a gay president, doesn’t see it as a problem, but some voters in America do see it as a problem. Seems about the least offensive crazy thing Trump has said about anything tbh.
I'm grateful for our right to peacefully bring to an end a nonexistent American monarchy this November, by voting this President out of office, along with some of the GOP Senators who acquitted that self-crowned king, I hope. VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare 'I have the right to stop the Earth from turning!'. It doesn't mean it's gonna happen though. LOL.
So did Adolf. We know how that ended. Unfortunately, not before millions of lives were lost. Nitwit We AMERICANS do NOT agree based on our CONSTITUTION🌟🇺🇸🌟and based on being Americans in A FREE country!! Emperor Donald Trump First, anything can! Power is absolute and the Emperor can know everything. It is actually the power of God on Earth! Long Live Emperor Donald Trump First!
Sounds like a modern African dictator. barr is a scumbag CIA globalist who should be INDICTED uh, nope Why isn’t the headline, “Citing no supporting evidence whatsoever, and in an obvious breech of the Constitution...” When will the so called “liberal press” stop being a bullhorn for Trump?
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That's what unchecked Ritalin a use will do to the brain. Justice is A-Moral. That supposed 'fairness' is what keeps us from taking justice into our own hands. It should never be altered at the whim of the individual. If your President twists it, why wouldn't your people also? Ha, who're we kidding, our politicians are bought.
And he thinks he has the right of prima nocta. Not this feckwit again.. The rest of the world should just ignore him. The judicial is separate and Independent of the WH. So no, he has no 'legal right' to intervene in criminal cases. Especially those involving associates of the president. He also thought Mueller exonerated him. He also thinks he wasn’t impeached. He also thinks he can grab pussy and shoot people on 5th ave. But he also thinks he is a leader when in fact he is nothing more than a fat dying corrupt game show host headed to jail in 2022. End.
He does. In fact he has an obligation. “To defend the Constitiution from all enemies foreign or domestic.” As the Commander In Chief, the Attorney General reports to Donald J Trump. The Executive, of the Executive Branch of the US government. He does, both Bush & Obama did intervene in criminal cases.
Controversy rages over Trump interference in Roger Stone case – live updatesAttorney general to testify before congress as Chuck Schumer warns of ‘crisis in the rule of law in America’ there is no rule of law in the USA at the moment as realDonaldTrump with is sociopathic problems have unknowingly contaminated present day society What about threatening witnesses and the judge. It's ok to do that now is it. I mean anyone can do that now if they find themselves up in court on whatever charges right? Asking for a friend. The executive and the judiciary are separate entities for a reason.
嘘 Democracies die once the democratically elected officials refuse to restraint themselves and are willing to break any precedents, norms .... It is quite possible that Trump can legally do a lot of stuff which he should not be doing. If only he had any moral compass.... According to him, his powers are limitless. He’s unfamiliar with the Constitution.
They should reopen the impeachment hearings. He hasn’t learned his lesson. Trump claims alot of things. Nothing to see here. Oh be quiet. You think you have the legal right to everything. Stupid man. He has the legal right to go to jail. realDonaldTrump Can you pardon me? Ventura, CA case 2013010459 Thanks PresidentialPardon
As usual, trump is full of shit.
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realDonaldTrump unleashed. Art by richardborge Trump claim = lie He should resign Well unless people stop him then he will keep breaking the law and the constitution. Who the fuck is gonna stop him? The Republicans in the Senate?
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Friday briefing: No holds Barred rebuke to Trump‘I cannot do my job’ because of president’s tweets, says attorney general … fallout continues from Javid’s exit … and lost mixtape resurfaces as art exhibit Bullshit. He’s covering his tracks. What a ridiculous headline!🤬 Yeah right. No theatrics in that. None at all. It's all legit.