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Barr bemoans Trump tweets

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/14/20, 12:23 pm

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s prolific social media presence may cause problems for the Justice Department. “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Attorney General William Barr said about the president during an interview with ABC News on Thursday. “To have public statements and tweets made about the department, about people in the department or men and women here, about cases pending in the department, and about judges before whom we have cases make it impossible for me to do my job.”

Did he have a specific tweet in mind? The Justice Department sparked a firestorm this week by reversing prosecutors’ sentencing recommendations for Trump associate Roger Stone after the president tweeted about the case. The department dialed down the requested sentence, which was seven to nine years behind bars, but Barr denied accusations from Democrats that it was in response to the president’s tweet. Barr will testify about the reduction before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31.

Trump tweeted on Friday that he never asked Barr to change anything in a criminal case, but “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!”

Dig deeper: Read Lynde Langdon’s report in The Sift about the ousting of Trump’s former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose relationship with the president soured over time.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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    Posted: Fri, 02/14/2020 07:21 pm

     Trump tweeted on Friday that he never asked Barr to change anything in a criminal case, but “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!”

    Just because Trump didn't do it, doesn't mean that Dems can't impeach him. They probably have many people in the WH who will be happy to say they heard Trump say whatever it is the Dems need to impeach Trump. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 02/15/2020 12:02 am

    Atty. General Barr has the courage to publicly say what a lot of people have been thinking for several years: “Time to ramp it down.”  

    Since Barr has specifically addressed public statements, tweets, etc about Dept. of Justice criminal cases, perhaps Mr. Trump will be able to accept the message that it may be harmful for him to vocalize his every thought about Justice Dept. matters. 

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 02/15/2020 09:34 pm

    I think Barr had better clean up the corrupt justice department rather than criticize the president. Here is Lou Dobbs interviewing Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch.

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 02/15/2020 10:17 pm

    Cyborg3: And you don't see the president's interference as a primary example of the kind of partisanship that Dobbs is bemoaning? And BTW, if no one criticizes a sitting president (and we all know there's plenty of criticism of past presidents), then how is our democracy to function?

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 02/24/2020 10:44 am

    We have seen the unholy alliance between the justice department, Democrats and the liberal MSM with the Russian collusion allegations and you are going to attack Trump for expecting equal justice under the law? The President has a responsibility to ensure justice where he is given the right to pardon if he sees injustice. Barr let unscrupulous employees out maneuver him where an unjust sentence was reached, and Trump commented on this on Twitter to the chagrin of Barr. The President has the right as a citizen to comment on the case and Barr has every right to do what he thinks is best - including ignoring him. If the President thinks the decision is wrong he can pardon Stone. 

    My view is that Stone was treated unfairly under the law so he should be pardoned!