Are we in the midst of another DOJ meltdown due to a difference of opinion between our President and Attorney General?
We all saw this play out when Jeff Sessions was the AG and we can only hope this is nothing more than a brotherly spat between Trump and William Barr rather than the beginning of the end.
I have never been one to hold back about my criticism of President Trump’s tweets.
I will be the first to admit that I find them entertaining and after what the Dems did to him, I could honestly care less about his attacks against them.
However, I have always maintained there are just certain things where he should just leave that phone sitting on the desk and not sign into his Twitter account.
The case of Roger Stone is one such case.
Whether Trump has the right to chime in is not the case because the optics on this are all that matter, especially after just having been acquitted for abuse of power.
Trump is Trump, though, and when the sentencing recommendation was handed down for up to nine years in prison for Stone, Trump thought it was too much and said as much on Twitter.
My personal belief is that all he did was feed the Democrat narrative when he could have just kept his mouth shut, let this all play out, then commuted his sentence after the fact.
Instead, his tweet put our Attorney General in the crosshairs of Congress and Barr was not happy about it.
When asked about the tweet, Barr stated, “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.
“I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody … whether it’s Congress, a newspaper editorial board, or the president.
“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.”
EXCLUSIVE: “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Attorney General Bill Barr tells @PierreTABC following Pres. Trump's tweets on Roger Stone sentencing. https://t.co/3bf9a1Z5v4 pic.twitter.com/yITwRgzutJ
— ABC News (@ABC) February 13, 2020
Barr is right, quite frankly, and I am less worried about what Congress thinks than I am about Barr deciding enough is enough and turning in his resignation.
When Barr made his comments, Trump replied via Twitter…
“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 also asked about this at the White House…
That at least tells me that Trump is not particularly upset about Barr’s comments, which is a good thing because this does not seem like it will be a massive rift.
However, let me make a suggestion to both of them… sit down in an actual room and discuss this topic.
How about we set some guidelines regarding Trump commenting on DOJ matters so this does not happen again.
That one tweet sent Dems into a tizzy that has resulted in an investigation into Barr and Dems saying they are going to ring the impeachment bell again.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I sure would like our government to get back to work for We the People and stop these endless investigations, but as long as Trump feeds their narrative, that is not going to happen.
So, Mr. President, hush… let Barr do his job and let his case play out. If you don’t like the sentence, let Stone serve the time you think he should serve, then commute his sentence, and pardon him on the way out the door.
Source: Fox News
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