Trump claims he has the right to intervene in criminal cases
US President Donald Trump said that he has “the legal right” to act on criminal cases after his attorney general complained White House tweets were making his job “impossible”.
Donald Trump also refused in his tweet that he had ever interfered in any cases.
He tweeted, “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!
“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
Trump was asked by America’s top law officer William Barr on Thursday to stop his tweets. William Barr also said that he would not be bullied.
William Barr said after Donald Trump changed his attack on the criminal trial of his ex-advisor Roger Stone.
Attorney general had asked him to stop tweeting, but Trump ignored.
It is legally not clear whether Donald Trump enjoys the right to ask the attorney general to start or close any case.
The Department of Justice has been given authority to work without political interference since the Watergate scandal of the 1970s.
Donald Trump had earlier asked to investigate perceived enemies such as former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Mr. Barr had said on Thursday that Trump “undercuts” him by posting tweets making it “impossible for me to do my job”.
Mr. Barr said to the local news agency, “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,”
“I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me,”
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