U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday pushed back against Donald Trump ...David Morgan 6 Min Read WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday pushed back against Donald Trump after the president’s attacks on the prosecutors, judge and jury in the trial of a longtime adviser, saying Trump should stop tweeting about Justice Department cases and that he would not be “bullied” by anyone. Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement officer, said in an ABC interview that Trump’s tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.” A juror in the trial in which veteran Republican operative Roger Stone was convicted told Reuters that he was appalled by Trump’s remarks. “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody ... whether it’s Congress, a newspaper editorial board or the president,” Barr said. “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.” “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr added. Seth Cousins, who served as a juror in the Stone trial, told Reuters he was concerned by developments that prompted all four prosecutors to quit the case. “It feels like something outrageous is going on,” Cousins said in an interview. Stone was found guilty in November on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. Cousins spoke after Trump posted a Fox News story on Twitter that accused some of the jurors in Stone’s case of political bias. “This is not looking good for the ‘Justice’ Department,” Trump wrote. Related Coverage Pelosi says Trump's comments on Stone case are 'an abuse of power' Cousins said he was upset by Trump’s remarks. “I think it is appalling for the president of the United States to be attacking American citizens for patriotically fulfilling their duties,” he said. Trump on Tuesday criticized U.S. prosecutors who recommended a prison sentence of seven to nine years for Stone in connection with his conviction in a case stemming from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation detailing Russian interference in the 2016 election to benefit Trump’s candidacy. The Republican president called their sentencing recommendation for Stone, whose friendship with Trump dates back decades, “horrible” and a “miscarriage of justice.” Hours later, the Justice Department abandoned the recommendation, prompting all four prosecutors to quit the case. One left the department altogether. In addition, former U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu, who oversaw the Stone case, resigned from the Treasury Department this week after the White House dropped her nomination for a post overseeing economic sanctions, a source confirmed to Reuters on Thursday. Trump on Wednesday thanked Barr, who he appointed last year, for “taking charge” of the case. He also tweeted criticism of U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is scheduled to sentence Stone on Feb. 20. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Trump’s comments on the Stone case amounted to interference in the workings of the U.S. government’s judicial branch. “This is an abuse of power - that the president is again trying to manipulate federal law enforcement to serve his political interest,” Pelosi, a Democrat, told a news conference. “This is not what America is about. It is so wrong.” Trump has said he has not had direct talks with the Justice Department on the matter. The Justice Department has also said it did not confer with the White House, with one senior official on Tuesday calling the timing of Trump’s tweet “an inconvenient coincidence.” FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner BETRAYAL Early on in the jury selection process, Jackson overruled Stone’s lawyers when they tried to strike prospective jurors who worked for the government or who had opinions about Trump. In his interview, Cousins said politics was never discussed as the jury deliberated. “As a whole group, and in every single conversation that I was involved in or overheard, we never discussed politics as a jury. I have no idea what anyone’s political affiliation is,” he said. Since the trial, the jurors have kept in touch and have followed recent developments, he said, adding that all of his fellow jurors “echo the sense of being appalled. Maybe a little bit betrayed.” Grant Smith, one of Stone’s defense lawyers, told Reuters that the defense team is examining social media posts, including one by the jury forewoman. Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani also called for an investigation into the forewoman, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment. All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday called for an investigation, but the panel’s Republican chairman, Lindsey Graham, has dismissed that idea. He wrote on Twitter that he hoped the court would take the jury allegations seriously if the report was accurate, calling it “not fair.” Other Republicans have largely shrugged off the furor. “I’ll leave it up to a judge to decide whether a juror is biased or not,” Senator Chuck Grassley told Reuters. Justice Department representatives did not respond to a request for comment. Barr is due to testify before a House panel next month. Slideshow (3 Images) Stone was one of several close Trump associates charged in Mueller’s probe, which Trump called a “witch hunt.” Stone’s supporters are pushing for a presidential pardon, which Trump has declined to comment on. Trump was acquitted in the Republican-led Senate last week on impeachment charges brought by the Democratic-led House accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Reporting by David Morgan, Sarah N. Lynch, Susan Heavey, Mark Hosenball and Tim Ahmann; Writing by Sonya Hepinstall; Editing by Andy Sullivan and Will Dunham Our Standards: Read more: Reuters Top News
We all know how concerned and active Barr is on the issue of ‘over zealous prosecutors’, sure hasn’t he been standing up for all those young men of colour who have been charged with low level crime but facing decades in prison! Trump Stone RogerStone WilliamBarr 😏 And Trump told Barr “go pound salt in a rat hole” OR Barr told Trump in a private call ... “You are going to mess up our Good Cop Bad Cop thing and I’m not going to be able to intervene as openly”. HouseDemocrats CNNPolitics MSNBC washingtonpost SenateDems nytimespolitics
This. This is nothing but a man who knows that he may be held accountable in the future for his actions trying to cover his ass proactively. Nothing more. Nothing less. Useless shyster. Good one! BARR needs to get a life!!!!! No one gives a CRAP about BARR or how HE feels about OUR PRESIDENTS TWEETS!!!! Desperate!!!!!!
Reuters you look DESPERATE Is he dropping some Pounds? I imagine it's gotta be hard to eat when the worlds crumbling around you I understand Attorney General Barr! Barr you have the right to resign Barr saved Trump. Barr owns him now. Hope you like bus tracks on your backside buddy. DisbarBarr TrumpNotFitForOffice
Barr takes control of legal matters of interest to Trump, including Stone sentencingBarr&39;s intervention in Roger Stone &39;s case wasn&39;t the first time senior political appointees reached into a case involving an ex- Trump aide, officials say. NBCNews Time for justice. NBCNews Big scoop...
It’s a PR stunt I get it...but damn! I will be patient! headsarearegoingtoroll What you have a Job ? We all thought your were Trumps Flunkie ! Barr is a criminal. We read and heard the interview stop spinning to mislead the public as always. That’s what you call “news”? lawyer-speak, audience of one, meaning 'IX-NAY ON THE -ONSPIRACY -KAY'
Not buying it, Bill Barr! Which we all know is to serve the Impeached Trump and not the American ppl. Barr needs to be impeached to keep the Impeached Trump company. His job? He is not doing the job that American wants.
Barr takes control of cases that interest Trump, like Stone sentenceBREAKING: AG Barr is taking control of legal matters of interest to President Trump , including the Roger Stone sentencing, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. Barr the bagman We are in the presence of corruption. I am sad Pardon all witch hunt victims.
And the Academy Award for best actor in a reality series goes to . . . 🙄 Wake up, people! Barr is putting on this act so he can keep covering up trump’s crimes. Don’t indulge this asinine behavior. Someone wants out Impossible to do trumps bidding in quiet. He doesn’t yet get that his handler wants the corruption to be public. That’s the point. Dictatorship.
Barr is a wimp Good luck with that The House Committee should ask about this when he visits for a chat under oath! Yea, it's kind of hard to cover it up when the bozo tweets it in real time. Nobody but the russian loving deplorable traitor nutsuckers believe this Suuure, A leaker
Trump Praises Barr for ‘Taking Charge’ in Roger Stone CasePresident Trump praised Attorney General William Barr for “taking charge” of case against Roger Stone , weighing in on a controversy that started when the Justice Department moved to recommend less prison time for the president’s longtime confidant. That Mr. Trump inappropriately involves himself in investigations and prosecutions, and has Mr. Barr acting as his personal lawyer rather than as Head of the Justice Department strongly suggests that justice is wrongfully being manipulated. Trump: 'Thank you for your corruption, Bill Barr.'
Just follow your orders Mr. Bill... Ha! He hasn't done his job in a very long time! Barr is becoming a cartoon character, which one is he? Barr hinting to Trump to stop wearing his heart on his sleeve. lol trump is exposing barr as the traitor he is. of course he wants the mouth to shut up. they all do. he's gonna get them busted.
It is definitely hard to do the job of covering up the Presidunce's crimes when Donnie keeps confessing to them on twitter. 😂, Which job? Barr has nobody else to blame but himself. He has acted like a doormat. He is getting what he deserves. The floodgates are open. Trump haven't tweeted yet,this was planned,I really an sceptical about this .
I do not for one minute believe that Barr's statement is legitimate. I believe it's a cover story to protect him and Tramp. And Barr said that Tramp never asked him to do anything on a case then why couldn't he answer Kamala Harris's question when he was under oath and she asked.
Trump congratulates Barr on 'taking charge' of Roger Stone sentencing recommendationSen. Chuck Schumer: 'In voting to acquit Pres. Trump ...Senate Republicans sought to justify their vote by claiming the president had 'learned his lesson.'' 'No serious person believes Pres. Trump has learned any lesson. He doesn't learn any lessons!' Quiet!! Move on and get back to your job!!! Chucky is becoming a joke lately. Doing nothing, accomplishing even less. I have no idea how Chuckie gets Jewish votes in his election.
He is right. He knows what to do to cover up. Trump's tweets are spilling the beans. I totally agree. Those tweets have their place and when it comes to the law and the Attorney General office I would not undermine Attny General Barr position. Let him do his job; keep comments to yourself or within the privacy of office not the public.
Anyone who believes this is definitely a Trump voter Barr is covering his ass. How long will it take for Trump to put the drop on him. Or was this planned by both of them as an out to avoid appearance of obstruction? Don't be played they know what they are doing. Distraction.... Shit welcome to the Venezuela realDonaldTrump Trump & GOP along with MSM tried to create about the Venezuelan people. Right here in North America.😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
In other news, the FBI , House Dems, NewYorkStateAG , CIA , Interpol , and every other law agency tell realDonaldTrump to keep tweeting as it will make their job much easier. Make it impossible for him to cover for trump without the public noticing Barr should still lose his license, Now. In other words....
Yeah cuz his job is covering crimes
Trump praises AG William Barr after Roger Stone sentencing reversal leads 4 prosecutors to quit Trump , in a tweet, congratulated Attorney General William Barr 'for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.' So what is the point of having an attorney general or courts or judges ... if they are all going to do whatever trump wants. 🇺🇸 is lost your country is circling the drain. Talk about problem solving.
Once again: He's lying. You all know it. Stop telling his lies for him. Funny, Loretta Lynch didn’t have a problem doing her job after talking to Bill Clinton on the tarmac. If Barr thinks trumps tweets make it hard to do his job, just wait till Don Jr and Ivanka's charges come up Yea, 'wink, wink' ... It makes it impossible for him to do Trump's dirty work with less light on his collaboration. If the Rule of Law falls ... we have no democracy. It's teetering on the edge & Barr has enabled it.
Barr is only ticked because Trump’s tweets expose their CORRUPTION. He can’t be corruptin’ while being exposed by the corruptor. Bullshit. Can't cover up a crime if crazy man keeps tweeting Or more to do Trumps will Odd you left that bit out in the article. Regardless, the biased foreman has guaranteed a Mistrial Stone won't need a pardon. The doj will never go another round in order to take out stone. The Russia narrative was bs. Even MI6 has admitted it. Everyone has been exonerated
In other words: WilliamBarr is telling trump to stop blabbing about all the ways they are undermining the Justice Department and systems of laws on Twitter
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Makes it impossible to hide his unethical and criminal behavior is more like it. Politics He didn’t tell Trump anything. He answered interview questions in a manner that sets himself up for deniability. Basically quit blowing the whistle on yourself and let me proceed with the BarrCoveraUps Oh my, he’s right beyondreasdoubt?
Why can Bill Barr immediately sit down with ABC but not under oath before Congress? Cry me a river, you enabled that and deserve all the hell which will descend upon you just wait and see! BillEsteem You should have stayed out if it and let justice prevail instead of being Donald’s lap dog 'his job' - protecting the president at all costs what a clown show.
Wording is everything. No it's more like Trump & Barr 👇
'dress yourself to kill' TheJusticeDept realDonaldTrump Important to note that his job is to help cover for Trump without everyone knowing about it. realDonaldTrump is too afraid to lose Barr as AG. The disrespect Barr is showing Trump shouldn't be tolerated Politics .TheJusticeDept Let's not forget👇
Sounds like he's upset that Impeached President Trump implicated him. Ppl don’t be fooled by his remarks on Trump! He did that to protect Trump and save a little face with his ppl , total con! Dont buy his bullshit ! If he restored sentence guidelines that’s different , small talk is not ! Idiotic. He is just trying to cover himself. The idea that he isn’t Trumps puppet is laughable and it’s laughable that cable media is falling for it. He’s trying to stem the fallout and I bet trumps in on it.
Sssshhh trump, stop saying the whispers out loud. No that is not what he said.. he was clearly talking about the media make it impossible for him to do his job.
How can i do my undercut job if l’m constantly undercut? BARR is about to get fired...what y'all think? Why have a photo of Elton John 🤷🏻♂️ Its his new excuse for not knowing how to do the job in the first place! The coverup cannot be documented! Amazing . A lawyer, who knows how to bullshit. It's astounding
By “do my job”, he’s referring to help with cover-ups and criminal behavior No attorneygeneral Barr. You make it impossible to do your job. You mean to do the his bidding! It’s how he gets his orders though.
He meant to say that it makes it impossible for them to secretly collude against their enemies when Trump spills the beans on Twitter. Meaning: 'how can I do all this on the DL if you keep tweeting about it!' Where was Barr when the four line prosecutors felt they had to turn in their resignations? Like he was doing it to begin with, smh
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