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

07:55  14 february  2020
07:55  14 february  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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

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

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

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 “If the attorney general says it’ s getting in the way of doing his job, the president should listen to the attorney general.” Barr is not the only high-profile

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday agreed with Attorney General William Barr's criticisms about Donald Trump's tweeting habits and urged the president to follow the top Department of Justice official's advice.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) holds a news conference after the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on the two articles of impeachment brought by the House of Representatives to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill on February 5, 2020 in Washington, DC.© Samuel Corum/Getty Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) holds a news conference after the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on the two articles of impeachment brought by the House of Representatives to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill on February 5, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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.

Trump says his 'life would've been a lot easier' if he picked Barr over Sessions

  Trump says his 'life would've been a lot easier' if he picked Barr over Sessions President Trump said Thursday that his "life would've been a lot easier" if he chose William Barr as his attorney general originally, instead of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. © Getty Images Trump says his 'life would've been a lot easier' if he picked Barr over Sessions Geraldo Rivera asked Trump on his podcast "Roadkill" what his life would have been like if he chose Barr first."My life would've been a lot easier, but I might have been less popular," Trump told Rivera."Because they say they like that that I fought it," he added, referencing his supporters. "They like that I won.

WASHINGTON — President Trump congratulated his attorney general on Wednesday for intervening to lower the Justice Department’s sentencing The president has also demanded loyalty from those who surround him, and he has been pleased with Mr. Barr ’ s leadership of the department.

President Trump denied that his tweet praising the attorney general for intervening in the sentencing of Roger J. Stone Jr. was political interference.CreditCredit Doug But Mr. Graham ruled it out, saying he had sought an explanation from Mr. Barr ’ s office about the decision to change the sentencing

McConnell backed Barr's assessment and encouraged Trump to follow his advice in an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier on Thursday. "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," the Republican senator said, before declining to comment on whether the president's tweets about Stone's case were "inappropriate."

"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," he added. "The president made a wise selection in picking Bill Barr. I think he ought to listen to him."

Trump maintains he can intervene in cases after Barr urges him to stop tweeting about DOJ

  Trump maintains he can intervene in cases after Barr urges him to stop tweeting about DOJ President Trump asserted he has "the legal right" to insert himself into the DOJ's handling of criminal cases one day after Attorney General William Barr's interview.President Trump on Friday asserted he has "the legal right" to insert himself into the Justice Department's handling of criminal cases one day after Attorney General William Barr said the president's tweets were making his job more difficult.

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'.

WASHINGTON — This weekend, after President Trump and his personal lawyer attacked the special counsel, Robert S . Mueller III, prominent Republicans pushed back hard — from surprising quarters of the party. Speaker Paul D. Ryan rose to Mr. Mueller’ s defense.

The controversy surrounding Stone's case began Monday night, when DOJ prosecutors submitted a sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years for the longtime Trump associate. Trump railed against the decision on Tuesday morning, calling it "very horrible and unfair." Hours later, the DOJ publicly announced their intention to back away from the lengthy recommendation, opting instead to seek a lower sentence.

It is rare for the DOJ to overturn sentencing recommendations made by their own prosecutors. As Trump critics quickly moved to accuse Trump and Barr of political interference in a criminal case, both the president and attorney general independently denied the allegation and asserted that the president did not ask the department to water down Stone's sentencing recommendation. The move, however, did prompt all four career prosecutors—Jonathan Kravis, Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, Adam Jed and Michael Marando—to withdraw from Stone's proceedings, with one resigning from the department.

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.

Another staunch Trump ally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , supported Barr ' s comments about the tweets . "If the attorney general says it's getting in the way of doing his job, maybe the president should listen to the attorney general," McConnell told Fox News.

VP Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump . But McConnell , who has endorsed the presumptive GOP "For all of his obvious shortcomings, Donald Trump is certainly a different direction, and I think if he And he offered some words of advice about how Trump could win back some of those voters who have

When asked whether Trump was politicizing the DOJ, McConnell sidestepped the question and pivoted to, again, encouraging the president to follow Barr's advice regarding his tweeting habits.

"I hate to keep saying the same thing," he 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."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.

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'Greatest abuse of power I have ever seen': Biden says Barr should resign over Stone case .
Former Vice President Joe Biden demanded Attorney General William Barr resign for intervening in the criminal case of GOP operative Roger Stone. © Provided by Washington ExaminerBiden appeared on MSNBC on Monday to talk about the Democratic presidential primary and reacted to recent updates in Stone’s case. Biden said he agrees with the more than 1,100 former Justice Department officials in calling for Barr’s resignation in a letter that accuses the attorney general of doing President Trump’s "personal bidding" in intervening in the case.

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