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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., President Trump warned on Sunday against tweet on criminal cases, as he did with the Republican operative and Trump ally Roger stone.
Speaking on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Kennedy said that the President has every right to tweet out his thoughts, but that does not mean that he should. He also said that Trump should leave on the advice of the Minister of justice, William Barr, and to discuss jumping on social media to the case.
“Just because you can’t sing, though, means that you should sing,” said Mr. Kennedy. “This is a case where less tweet would not cause brain damage.”
BARR TRUMP TWEETS, “SAYS MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO DO MY JOB IN THE MIDST OF ROGER STONE DRAMA
Kennedy’s comments came days after Barr publicly swiped at Trumpf, said on Thursday that the President of the tweets about the Ministry of justice, state attorneys and open cases “it is impossible for me to do my work.”
Barr made the remark in an interview with ABC News just a few days after his justice Department overruled his own prosecutors, who had recommended in a court filing that the stone be sentenced to 7 to 9 years in prison, and took the extraordinary step of reducing the amount of prison time that would look for it. The Department did not provide a revised number.
Barr itself is now under fire for reversal. Nevertheless, it is a highly unusual step for a member of the Cabinet was to criticise the President — especially a trump-loyalists share with the President the views of expansive Executive powers. Thursday, the comment served as a defense of his own integrity — an effort to save his own reputation, and the Department of Justice by the public rebuke of the President, he has propped up, from the first day of his term in office.
The remarks made so quickly after the decision, from the condemnation, suggested Barr was aware of the fact that the reverse had scratched at the Department of historical reputation for independence from political domination. But he stopped short of acknowledging wrongdoing by anyone.
White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said Trump “was not disturbed by the comments to all of you, and he has the right like any American citizen expressing his opinion in public.” She added: “The President has full confidence in the attorney General Barr for his work, and respect the law.”
Barr said Trump’s tweets created perception problems for the Department in question, his independence, but he denied it each order of Trump and Trump’s said tweets factor in the decision.
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Earlier in the week, Trump applause Barr on Twitter for the decision to reverse the conviction of recommendation, writing: “congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for the recording of a case that was completely out of control, and perhaps should not have been brought.”
The Department insisted, to reverse the decision, the sentencing recommendation was Monday night — in front of the Trump blasted the recommendation on Twitter as a “very terrible and unfair”— and prosecutors had not spoken to the White house about it. The returns prompted turn, by the four lawyers who prosecuted, to end stone, the case. You had the Ministry of justice as a whole.
“I’m happy to say, that, in fact, the President hasn’t asked me to do something in a criminal case,” Barr said in the ABC interview. “The public statements and tweets about the Department, about the people … about the pending cases in the Department, and the judge, before whom we, in cases, make it impossible for me to do my work, and to ensure that courts and the Prosecutor’s office in the Department in which we do our work with integrity.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.