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Trump defends 'legal right' to interfere in criminal cases

World News from Reuters
World News from Reuters
2 days ago|2.5K views
The President of the United States on Friday (February 14) claimed to have the "legal right" to ask his attorney general, William Barr, to act on criminal cases. Trump appeared to quote remarks Barr made in an interview with ABC news, that, “The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” Trump tweeted, "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!" Barr appeared to push back against Trump in the ABC interview, saying, "I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases." The remarks come after the president attacked the Justice Department this week over its prosecution of his convicted friend and adviser Roger Stone. After Trump criticized DOJ lawyers for recommending Stone be sentenced to up to nine years in jail, the Department reversed course and withdrew the sentencing recommendation. Trump later congratulated Barr for "taking charge" of a case that he called "totally out of control," and said "perhaps should not have even been brought." The White House said Trump and Barr never spoke about the Stone case. But Democrats accused Trump of abusing his power to intervene in a criminal matter.

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