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

16:40  14 february  2020
16:40  14 february  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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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.

Trump cited Barr's comments from an ABC interview in which the attorney general said Trump had not asked him to act a certain way in a criminal case.

"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!" Trump tweeted.

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Barr has a long record of intervening in legal matters of interest to Trump and of parroting Trump 's conspiratorial language against his foes. He was referring in part to Trump 's tweets , which "I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases ," Barr said, because they

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The tweet was Trump's first comment since the Barr interview first aired.

Barr told ABC News in an interview that aired Thursday that Trump had never asked him to act in a criminal case, including Trump associate Roger Stone's, but that tweets about the department and its employees "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."

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He added, “It’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases .” People close to the president said they were caught off guard by “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought

Barr – seen as a staunch Trump loyalist – publicly rebuked the president, saying that Trump ’s tweets about the Stone case “make it impossible for me to do my job” and adding that he would not be “bullied or influenced” over justice department decisions.

"I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases," Barr said.

The jarring break between Barr and Trump came after the president spent much of the week ridiculing prosecutors and the judge involved in the case of Stone. He decried the prosecutors' sentencing recommendation as a "miscarriage of justice" hours before the DOJ said it would reduce the recommendation.

Republican senators have largely indicated they do not think Trump should weigh in on Stone's case or other criminal matters.

The White House on Thursday said Trump "wasn't bothered" by Barr's criticism and that he still had "full faith" in the attorney general.

"The President wasn't bothered by the comments at all and he has the right, just like any American citizen, to publicly offer his opinions," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

"President Trump uses social media very effectively to fight for the American people against injustices in our country, including the fake news," she continued. "The President has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law."

Barr has frequently drawn scrutiny from Democrats and legal experts who have accused him of defending the president's interests, such as when he released a four-page summary of former special counsel Robert Mueller's full report that many viewed as favorable to Trump.

DOJ pushes back at reports Barr considered quitting over Trump tweets .
The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday night at multiple reports claiming Attorney General Bill Barr told people close to him he's considering stepping down over President Trump's tweets, days after Barr admitted that Trump's tweeting made it "'impossible for me to do my job.""Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign," DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted.

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