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Politics McConnell: Trump 'ought to listen to' Barr's advice on DOJ tweets

02:55  14 february  2020
02:55  14 february  2020 Source:   thehill.com

McConnell: Trump 'Ought to Listen' to Barr's Advice on His Tweeting Habits

  McConnell: Trump 'Ought to Listen' to Barr's Advice on His Tweeting Habits "The president made a wise selection in picking Bill Barr. I think he ought to listen to him," McConnell said.In a recent interview with ABC's Pierre Thomas, Barr said that Trump's tweeting about DOJ criminal cases "makes it impossible for me to do my job, to assure the courts and the prosecutors and the department that we're doing our work with integrity." The attorney general issued the remarks after having faced days of significant backlash from Democrats and Trump critics this week over the DOJ's handling of Roger Stone's criminal case.

US Attorney General William Barr has said some of President Donald Trump 's tweets make it "impossible for me to do my job". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the president should listen to Mr Barr ' s advice . "If the attorney general says it's getting in the way of doing his job

The Justice Department had moved against its own prosecutors to recommend a shorter sentence for one of President Trump ’s friends, Roger J. Stone Jr. The president has also demanded loyalty from those who surround him, and he has been pleased with Mr. Barr ’ s leadership of the department .

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said President Trump should follow Attorney General William Barr's advice after the top Justice Department official said the president's tweeting was making it "impossible" to do his job.

Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: McConnell: Trump 'ought to listen to' Barr's advice on DOJ tweets© Bonnie Cash McConnell: Trump 'ought to listen to' Barr's advice on DOJ tweets

Asked during an interview with Fox News's Bret Baier about Barr's comments, McConnell said that "the president should listen to his advice."

"If the Attorney General says it is getting in the way of him doing his job, maybe the president should listen to the Attorney General," McConnell added, asked if he didn't like the president's tweets.

Barr said during an interview with ABC News that he thought it was "time to stop tweeting" about DOJ criminal cases - a rare break with Trump.

Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans

  Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Marc Short said on Sunday President Trump's tweets are an "effective" way for the president to communicate with American people, pushing back on comments from Attorney General William Barr, who said Trump's tweets about the Justice Department make it "impossible" for him to do his job. "The president has been able to communicate directly with American people through social media," Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence and former White House legislative affairs director, said on CNN's "State on the Union," adding that the American people "love" him for it.

Then, after Barr ’ s DOJ intervened with a new filing calling for a much lighter sentence—which prompted the four prosecutors on the case to withdraw For many people long aware of Barr ’ s status as a boot-licking hack, this was a bridge too far. The calls for him to resign or be impeached were swift.

William Barr told ABC News that he wished the president wouldn't offer commentary about cases the Justice Department is handling or judges before which its attorneys are arguing. Attorney General Says Trump ' s Tweets About DOJ Make His Job 'Impossible'.

"The public statements and tweets ... make it impossible to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we are doing our work with integrity," Barr told ABC News.

Barr's remarks followed days of growing scandal over the Justice Department's decision to ask for a lesser sentence for Trump associate Roger Stone. The request contradicted an initial seven-to-nine-year recommendation made by frontline federal prosecutors and came after Trump publicly criticized the initial recommendation.

Further raising questions about Barr's role, Trump tweeted on Wednesday praising the attorney general for "taking charge" of the case - despite the attorney general having not weighed in on it publicly.

Why AG Bill Barr's Trump 'rebuke' is so hard to take seriously

  Why AG Bill Barr's Trump 'rebuke' is so hard to take seriously For Bill Barr, Trump's tweets about the Justice Department are not themselves the problem. It's the effects of the tweets that are the problem. As Asha Rangappa, a lawyer and former FBI special agent, put it yesterday, "It definitely makes it harder to crime for the President when the President keeps making it obvious that you are criming for him.

Quartet walk away after justice department appears to overrule sentencing recommendation, amid Trump attack on The president said of the prosecutors: “They ought to be ashamed of themselves … Schumer calls for IG probe into DOJ overruling prosecutors to give Roger Stone lighter sentence.

Barr ’ s comments were spurred by the president tweeting that the seven to nine-year sentence recommended by prosecutors in the Roger Stone case was a Later that day, the DOJ reversed the recommendation and instead recommended a much shorter sentence for Stone — a longtime Trump

McConnell declined to say on Thursday if he thought Trump's tweets on the Stone case were "inappropriate," instead turning the conversation back to Barr.

"The attorney general has said it's making it difficult for him to do his job. I think the president ought to listen to the attorney general. ...The president made a wise selection in picking Bill Barr. I think he ought to listen to him," McConnell added.

McConnell similarly demurred when asked if he was worried that Trump was politicizing the Department of Justice.

"I hate to keep saying the same thing," McConnell said. "I think the attorney general knows what he is talking about. ... I think he's told the president this is not helpful, making it difficult for him to do his job, I think the president ought to listen to him."

Trump has denied that his tweets criticizing the initial recommendation from federal prosecutors constituted political interference.

So Trump Basically Confessed to the Ukraine Charges

  So Trump Basically Confessed to the Ukraine Charges Just in case anyone is still interested in things like presidential abuse of power. Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.Not for nothing, America, but basically, he copped to it.From CNN:The reversal came Thursday in a podcast interview Trump did with journalist Geraldo Rivera, who asked, "Was it strange to send Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine, your personal lawyer? Are you sorry you did that?" Trump responded, "No, not at all," and praised Giuliani's role as a "crime fighter.

Trump may not like Barr ’ s comments about his tweeting (at least Barr gets compliments, Jeff Sessions might think), but he has little to complain All told, Barr is probably right — Trump ’s tweets are likely to complicate the job he’s already doing efficiently and probably would prefer to do quietly

Barr made the comment during an interview with ABC News just days after his Justice Department overruled its own prosecutors, who had recommended in a court filing that Trump ' s longtime ally and confidant Roger Stone be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison

"Not at all. He was treated very badly. Nine years recommended by four people that, perhaps they were Mueller people, I don't know who they were, prosecutors," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, referring to former special counsel Robert Mueller. "I don't know what happened, they all hit the road pretty quickly."

Trump also said this week that he did not ask the Justice Department to ask for a lesser sentence for Stone.

Democrats have seized on Trump's comments, and the Justice Department's actions, arguing that it shows political interference within DOJ to help a Trump associate.

The resulting fallout created a days-long headache for Republicans, some of whom publicly urged the president to refrain from weighing in on potential sentences.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told reporters that Trump "should not have gotten involved.

"I think the president would be better served by never commenting on a pending federal investigations," she said.

Trump tweeted about the initial sentence recommendation on Tuesday calling it "horrible and very unfair situation."

"The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!" Trump tweeted.

McConnell was asked on Tuesday during a weekly press conference if he was concerned about favoritism, but told reporters that he didn't "have an opinion on that."

Trump suggests he may sue over Mueller investigation .
President Trump suggested he may file lawsuits over the outcome of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, saying its findings are "badly tainted."The president in a series of tweets also made multiple misleading claims about Mueller and his investigation as he again lashed out over the trial of longtime associate Roger Stone, who is scheduled to be sentenced this week in a case stemming from the former special counsel's probe.

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