U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday that President Donald Trump &...David Morgan 6 Min Read WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s attacks on prosecutors, the judge and jurors in the trial of a longtime adviser undermined the Justice Department’s work, adding he would not be “bullied” by anyone. In an ABC interview, Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement officer, said Trump’s criticism of those involved in the case of Roger Stone “make it impossible for me to do my job.” Barr spoke after his Justice Department abandoned prosecutors’ initial recommendation to give the veteran Republican operative seven to nine years in prison, prompting all four prosecutors to quit the case. Trump has weighed in on Twitter all week with comments that have aroused concerns his administration is weakening the rule of law. “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 cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me,” Barr said, adding: “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.” The White House said Trump was not bothered by Barr’s remarks. “The President has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law,” White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a prepared statement. Stone was found guilty in November on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. Trump posted a Fox News story on Thursday that accused some of the jurors of political bias. “This is not looking good for the ‘Justice’ Department,” he tweeted. Seth Cousins, who served as a juror in Stone’s trial, told Reuters he was “appalled” by Trump’s remarks. “It feels like something outrageous is going on,” Cousins said in an interview. “I think it is appalling for the president of the United States to be attacking American citizens for patriotically fulfilling their duties,” he said. TWITTER ATTACKS The Twitter attacks started on Tuesday when Trump criticized U.S. prosecutors in the 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.” 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 Trump on Wednesday thanked Barr, whom he appointed last year, for “taking charge” of the case. He also tweeted criticism of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is scheduled to sentence Stone on Feb. 20. Both Trump and the Justice Department said they had not had direct talks on the matter. 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. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said 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.” Chief Judge Beryl Howell, the top judge on the U.S. District Court in Washington on which Jackson sits, also weighed in on Thursday, saying in an unusual public statement that public criticism “is not a factor” in sentencing decisions. ‘LITTLE BIT BETRAYED’ 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. The jurors have kept in touch since the trial and followed developments, Cousins said, adding they all “echo the sense of being appalled. Maybe a little bit betrayed.” Grant Smith, one of Stone’s lawyers, told Reuters that the defense team was examining jurors’ social media posts. 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. All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee called on Thursday 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 said. Slideshow (3 Images) Stone was one of several close Trump associates charged in Mueller’s probe, which Trump called a “witch hunt.” His 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 stemming from his dealings with Ukraine. Reporting by David Morgan, Sarah N. Lynch, Steve Holland, Susan Heavey, Mark Hosenball and Tim Ahmann; Writing by Sonya Hepinstall; Editing by Andy Sullivan, Will Dunham and Peter Cooney Our Standards: Read more: Reuters Top News
They were in communication before tweets, make no mistake, Barrs lips are firmly placed on trumps ass. SHAM! CHARADE! Come on Reuters! Read AG Barr’s words again. Barr isn’t pushing back against Pres Trump. Barr is telling the President his tweeting is making Barr’s job of covering for the President harder. Barr’s not saying he’s independent, he saying stop reminding everyone I’m your lap dog.
anyone who actually believes that … Trump has the right to give his opinion 🇺🇸 This was a PR stunt The Barr push back to IMPOTUS is just smoke and mirrors. Trump would be all over him like a dirty shirt if it were actually true. You can't trust anything out of Trump or Barr. If their lips are moving, it is a lie.
Haha no he doesn’t. Trump isn’t tweeting insults about Barr. Neither is to be trusted. Trump just admitted to what he denied about Rudy getting dirt on political opponents. Plus he quid pro quo’d again on Twitter. Shame on GOP Senators for a sham trial. RemoveTrump RemoveBarr The same Bill Barr who blatantly lied in his summary of Mueller's report? That Bill Barr? This is horseshit...or bullshit, as PoTUS would say. Bill Barr just wants Trump to stop tweeting about their criming.
'Smoke'...meet 'Mirrors' Barr isn't pushing back on Trump, if anything he's pushing back on the federal prosecutors. It the same old story with this administration. What they say and do are two different things.
Barr tells Trump to stop tweeting about Stone case; juror calls it 'appalling'Attorney General Barr tells Trump to stop tweeting about Roger Stone case, saying in an ABC interview that the tweets 'make it impossible to do my job' The Banana Republicans Like he was doing it to begin with, smh
Now this is actually fake news. Manufactured by Trump amd Barr, only believable by the most gullible Nonsense. Trump has never had such a wonderful lap dog. One who bites those who cause his master problems. Trump is unfazed by Barr's CYA move for that very reason. Most people see it for what it is. FAKE NEWS. Barr was talking about the Democrats
Yeah right🤡 This was an act to appear independent from trump. Barr is many crappy things but he's not a good actor POTUS would do best to avoid commenting publicly but instead summon individual(s) to WH for a meeting. He is creating his own bad press and unnecessary problems, issues. Don’t fall for it. It’s a carefully orchestrated show in order to stop the bleeding at DOJ.
Not real pushback, just something to bait the media and show off the Power of the Supreme King.
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.'
The media is full of fools Was it really a push back? Haven't many in the gop been worried about Trump's 1st amendment right to speak freely? The DOJ has never been a bipartisan agency. Look what Obama did for Holder who faced serious criminal charges for gun running. That's not pushing back. He's just bitching that the prez is openly bragging about what he thought he was doing in secret.
Barr has to play game a little better, this time doesn't even fly with middle school kids! Lol This is a great comedy sketch written by two of the most corrupt people in the Administration. Damage is already done. A preplanned cover-up. Too little too late. Just more strategic propaganda & attempts to deceive before he goes to Congress where he'll stonewall real issues.
Barr just said stop tweeting so I can continue to do corrupt work on your behalf without a spotlight It’s an act people .. don’t fall for the bs he fed you all .. He works for Trump and not the American People !! Be careful could all be a show A pushover can also fight?
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.
Barr, with the aid of Republicans in the House and Senate created FrankenTrump and now that their monster is turning on them, they complain? Sorry too late. VoteThemAllOut 'pushes back' He pushed back against multiple things not just the president. Don’t let those facts get in the way of your agenda though.
Trump: “Bill, go tell the gullible press you’re mad at me” Barr: “Yes my master” hmmm... realDonaldTrump hasn't written a tweet since yesterday afternoon, despite by BeratedByBarr is he cowering? did he learn his lesson?! or did atherosclerosis finally catch up with him after years of kfc & McDonalds?! TrumpStroke2020 IsTrumpIncompacitated?!
Choreographed “pushback”. There's no pushback. Barr sees the DOJ blowing up because of his abuses and wanted to change the subject so he can carry on avenging Trump. Didn’t we go over this yesterday?
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.
You know you have bottomed out when you are protecting Roger Stone.... TheJusticeDept I’d be more impressed if he stood up for his people and not just himself. I felt like he was only trying to salvage what little reputation he has left. Lying liars who lie Accuracy matters Reuters! Your headline isn’t factual. Based on Bill Barr’s previous examples of corruption in Trumps favor a better headline would be “US Attorney General Bill Barr APPEARS TO push back...” You guys can do better!
Barr lies and so does realDonaldTrump Barr didn’t “push back”. This was a coordinated, scripted performance. You know how we can tell? Because the bloated orange narcissist didn’t have a meltdown on Twitter. Barr has no problem breaking the law. He just doesn’t want Trump to tell everyone about it until it’s done.
And then goes on to set a personal best flapjack eating record at IHOP.... That was all a show.
Trump gets what he wants from Barr on Roger Stone, imperils US justiceRosenzweigP usatodayopinion RosenzweigP usatodayopinion It isn't RosenzweigP usatodayopinion Anti-USA Today is Pro-China, Pro-Crime, & Pro-Democrat. FakeNews
He said this after he did what trump asked. It might have meant something if he didn't do 45s bidding. Looks like people are starting to wake up and “read between the lines” of MSM “news”. Really? It’s all staged and was talked about before hand Barr doesn’t want to end up in jail for Trump. Oh please Barr did undercut DOJ lawyers by withdrawing their recommendation and given a reduced sentence recommendation. He’s just posturing.
Barr is not pushing back. He is just asking 45 to be quiet about their corruption. Uh...yeah right! 😕🖕🏼💯
Senate Democrats Demand Barr Resign Or Face Impeachment Over Roger Stone CasePresident Trump congratulated Attorney General William Barr for "taking charge" of the case against Trump &39;s longtime friend. He is guilty he will not be acquitted I bet they got a good laugh out of that. Senate Democrats. Go. Pound. Sand.
OMG it’s not real, he’s just pissed that his corruption for Trump is exposed😡 just trying to look impartial Oh please. This is show and pathetic drama for cover. 🙄 AG Barr did get personally involved in reducing the sentence of Roger Stone, who lied to Congress and law enforcement many times so... Oh puhleeze - you’d have to be pretty gullible to believe that act. Barr is a terrible liar - you can see right through him.
Yes it is but there is nothing that can be done. They did it they won and now he can do anything. Democracy is lost. The Republicans have given him the green light to say and do whatever he wishes. Abuse of power. 😂 When will she stop! These people are obsessed - ILL
Impeach again! We love watching you lose over and over and over... Roger stone what a demonic weirdo Uh oh, Shloppy Nanshy is getting ready to order custom pens again. Let the people decide in November. Dems should focus on preparing strong candidate not relying on weak ones She is a drunk who needs to be expelled from congress for corruption at the highest level!!
SpeakerPelosi It’s called FreedomOfSpeech Ffs get a life pelosi Impeach !!! 😂😂 That dingbat says EVERYTHING Trump does is an abuse of power. I don’t remember her criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder, who referred to himself as Obama’s “wingman”. She’s a total hypocrite.
Or comments are Freedom of Speech. Comments are words. Nancy Pelosi is a hate filled woman 🤪🤪🤪🤪 And? Nancy’s opinion that Trump says what he thinks is an ‘abuse of power’. Isn’t her saying what she thinks about Trump an ‘abuse of power’ by that same measurement? What is sad is all the uneducated people on here that agree. Lol. You are all akin to a ignorant lynch mob.
Survey says no. A tweet is not a channel to ask the DoJ for this. The President has a right to voice his opinion, and Nancy has gone nuts blinded by her hatred of Trump. Nothing Trump did has not been done by Obama, Bush or Clinton Impeach again! Stupid woman jumping in before checking the facts. Watch the Barr interview Trumps tweet came after Barr had discussed the time frame with his folks but your great fake media don’t tell you that
Trump having an opinion is an “abuse of power” 😂 Stand with Nancy.Trump must resign. SpeakerPelosi needs to wait before opening her mouth. The new revelations about the jury foreperson, the other jurors who exhibited extreme bias... the whole case may be thrown out and retried. A prudent person would reserve judgment. But Pelosi isn't a prudent person.
impeachamybermanjackson Trump is Commander in Chief .. HEAD of DOJ .. commenting is part of the job! Get over it Nancy! SpeakerPelosi saying things is an abuse of the public’s ears Nancy Pelosi and her gang of misfits are the most crooked people in Washington. They're part of his on going pressure campaign to manipulate laws rather than ABIDE by them.
Trump is already committing more crimes he needs to be impeached again . He needs to resign . Nowwwwww Trump blinking is an abuse of power. Lock him up!! Democrats are just awful. They have no solutions and have done absolutely nothing for the American Worker. Their only success has been to make themselves look ridiculous.
He needs to be impeached again. true dat Impeach again. According to Petty Pelosi, any thing the President says is an abuse of power. Give it up Nancy - we are sick of your BS! Keep America Great!! Nancy abuses booze 🍸 IMPEACH THAT MFER AGAIN! Doctor says those warts on your anus are 'not really very good'. What's the FIX, doctor?
Maybe she should impeach him. 😆🤣😂
So now the president merely SPEAKING is an 'abuse of power'? This woman has lost her mind, but then again she's a Democrat so that goes without saying. They are. Yeah, yeah, yeah, put your teeth back in. Trump flushing the toilet is an abuse of power.... Here we go again.. No, it was simply free speech, Nancy. Go tear up something else.
SOS, DD. His entire presidency is an abuse of power. These idiots never stop ..... embarrassing Pelosi has lost control of the House. She's dancing to AOC's tune & desperately trying to remain relevant. DOJ had made it's sentencing recommendation prior to Trump's input. Hey Nancy, my shredder broke. I've got a job for you. Try to show some decorum with Trump's SOTU in 2021!
This is the party that thought that there was nothing wrong with the Attorney General secretly meeting with the husband of the subject of a criminal investigation on a tarmac and then a week later the FBI announced they weren't going to pursue charges.
Well we heard from the man himself, Barr that he did it without Trump and even slammed Trump for his tweet so this is not true then Ms.Pelosi. This is typical of a unbalanced mind. Trying to influence federal judicial precedent, which he doesn't even understand. Please do not tolerate this abuse of his authority to influence the judicial executive. Rid our society of a madman.
And she's right People that are not a physical or emotional threat to society should not be in jail if they agree to just be stripped of a very huge part of their assets and left slightly above the poverty line. Society can make money instead of paying money to keep them doing nothing is a cage. Clinton pardoned his brother convicted on drug charges. Better not hear a peep from these hypocrites if Trump pardons Stone. Look up Susan McDougal.
Executive Power Of The Pardon. Nancy is ok Whadddddya ya mean”trying”? Pack of lies from Trump. As Adam Shiff said: “He will become more emboldened in violation of the Constitution & oath of office and answer to no one. Not even his own Republican sheep party.” CNN ABC NYTIMES WASHINGTONPOST MSNBC CBSNEWS FOXNEWS AP BBCWorld Trying! He already told Barr what he better do. And congratulated him for doing what he said! Senate Republicans said Trump can do what ever he wants! He is above the law.
How does she continue to be elected? Reuters,get your act together if you want to be taken seriously as a news organization. The vast majority of Americans don't care what Polosi says, she is obviously deranged, and therefore untrustworthy, and totally irrelevant to everyone's lives here. Tweeting to ongoing cases is a no-go.
You do know he could just pardon him............ (as other presidents have in similar cases) ....... Dig Deeper! QAnon I don't think he needs pointers on how to abuse the justice system but if he does PM Justin Trudeau could offer lots of pointers. Time for deranged Democrats sweating bullets over loosing the 2020 election shut up and sit down.
Bwahahahahaha Have you heard about the jury foreperson? And some of the other juror bias that was ignored during selection? Sham railroading of a trial. 'Nancy Pelosi says...'? Isn't that clear enough for everyone to see?
I frankly don't care what Nasty Nancy has to say! Um, duh, Nance. Impeach him again... Lol Maybe Bloomberg can float her a check so she can buy back a bit of her soul. MikeBloomberg - Retuning Integrity to the DNC $150 at a time! What’s she gonna do? Pres Trump was acquitted already Any plans to put an equal amount of energy into your reporting on the jury in Roger Stone's trial being led by a woman who was openly hostile to Trump and Stone before she was on the jury? Or do you only report on fake stories? Actual bias not enough of a challenge for you?
Well anyone working for the president would have gotten sweetheart plea deals, and did so in the past? So the only thing that changed is an ideal of what the bad man’s friend should get? DEMOCRAT NANCYPELOSI IS A 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡 San Fran Nan is insufferable.
Another distraction : DOJ needs to indict Brennan, Clapper, Comey, McCabe just for starters. Allof them lied to Congress under oath. Why do I have a feeling of deja vu. Strange because it's well known women like bad boys what will she do when he pardons him? try to impeach him again? are democrats waking up yet? or are democrats just that afflicted with TDS? orange man bad, right?
These people seriously need to be taken out of the halls of Co great by their ears and whooped. Get some damn work done. The rule of law speakerpelosi speaks of would be her & RepAdamSchiff holdong a secret bunker basement hearing where no due process for POTUS or allowing him or his lawyers to question democratic witnesses.. congboyle SenBobCasey SenSchumer
Since when is speakers job to undermine everything with a political bias with such relentless character smear ... sad Climatecollapse Pelosi is correct. To let Trump go on as he is, without calling him out, would be detrimental to the U.S. rule of law.
Republican cowards. dumpgop Yep where’s that going to get them ? Nowhere. She’s right. Trump’s interfering with justice to help his friends get lighter sentences. He’s committing abuse of power in broad tweet light and knows the GOP won’t do or say anything. He’s going to get worse. His revenge consumes him. His acquittal unleashed his ruthlessness.
Esa Pelosi si que jode. Dose anybody take this woman seriously anymore Nutsy PELOSI