The president was one of many outraged by attempts to jail former adviser Roger Stone for up to nine years.
Trump was supportive of AG Barr’s decision to seek a shorter sentence.
Democrats are protesting at what they see as political interference in the case.
A defiant President Trump says he hasn’t intervened in criminal cases up to now – but if he wants to, he has that right.
(NewsReady.com) – As Democrats go crazy about Attorney General Barr’s intervention in the Roger Stone case, President Trump defied the protests and said he has a legal right to intervene in criminal cases but chooses not to – so far.
- The Left is in an uproar because when federal prosecutors recommended former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone get up to nine years in prison for not cooperating with the Mueller inquiry, the AG overruled them and called for a much lighter sentence. Four federal prosecutors have walked off the Stone case in protest.
- President Trump was harshly critical of the original sentencing request, pointing out that there are drug dealers and murderers who don’t spend nine years in jail. However, he says he didn’t speak to the Department of Justice about the Stone case.
- He reminded reporters that the AG himself has said, “The president has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.”
- Trump continued, “That 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!”
- Attorney General Barr has been very open about his independence, saying he won’t be pushed around by anyone – including the president. He’s also criticized tweets about ongoing cases, saying he can’t do his job when he’s always being undermined by public discussions. This statement looks like another assertion of independence from the White House.
- Even if Barr prefers the president not to tweet about what the Justice Department is doing, he should be encouraged by Trump’s support of his intervention in the Stone case.
- The Left, still smarting from their failure to impeach the president, is now demanding a series of new inquiries. They want investigations of the AG and the president himself, which would tie up the government for weeks, and some of them aren’t ruling out another attempt at impeachment.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) have been particularly vocal, calling for investigations of just about everything that moves in Washington, DC.
- Barr’s decision about Stone’s sentencing might have been like a red rag to a bull, but with his words, the president has signaled that he’s had enough of the Left trying to use judges to play politics – and if it doesn’t stop, he has the power to do something about it.
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