President Donald Trump is not one to sit idly by and take orders from others. So after the Attorney General, William Barr, suggested Trump should stop tweeting about criminal cases, Trump did, in fact, tweet again.
“‘The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.’ A.G. Barr,” Trump said in his Valentine’s day post. But then Trump further claimed he does have the right to opine and give directives in criminal cases. “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!”
“The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” A.G. Barr 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2020
The Barr quote Trump referenced came from an exclusive interview Barr gave ABC News. In that interview, Barr said “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.”
When asked if he was prepared to take on Trump by making such statements, Barr was resolute. “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’m gonna do what I think is right. And you know … I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.”
Barr described the President’s tweets as “disruptive.”
Specifically, Barr was referencing Trump’s tweet about Roger Stone’s sentencing where he called the recommendation a “miscarriage of justice.”
“This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” Trump tweeted late Monday night. “The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice”
This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority leader and a vocal Trump ally, suggested Barr’s advice to the President might be helpful. “The president made a great choice when he picked Bill Barr to be attorney general, and I think the president should listen to his advice,” McConnell said while appearing on Fox News.
“I think the attorney general knows what he is talking about,” McConnell said. “I am not the attorney general, but I have confidence in Bill Barr. I think he is doing a good job, and I think he has 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.”
After Barr’s comments to ABC, the White House issued a statement via White House Press Secretary Stephanie Graham
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. President Trump uses social media very effectively to fight for the American people against injustices in our country, including the fake news. The President has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law.
Stone’s sentencing is currently set for February 20.