Friday, President Trump said he has “the legal right” to interfere in criminal cases, capping a tumultuous week that raised questions about whether he is eroding the independence of the US legal system.
USAG William Barr’s recent criticism of President Trump was actually a “carefully staged message” to calm members of the Justice Department, that according to former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
President Trump’s criticism of the judge, jury and prosecutors in the criminal case of his longtime adviser Roger Stone prompted an unusual rebuke from Attorney General William Barr, his top law enforcement official, and spurred new demands for investigation from the Democrats who unsuccessfully tried to remove the Republican President from office.
President Trump responded Friday morning. “This does not mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!” he Tweeted.
It was the latest in a string of aggressive actions by President Trump since the Republican-controlled Senate acquitted him of impeachment charges last week.
Friday, USAG Barr appointed an outside prosecutor to review the criminal case against Michael Flynn, another former Trump adviser who awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.
He has also ordered an investigation into The Hussein Obama Administration’s activities in Y 2016 as it examined possible ties between Moscow and The Trump Campaign, and has gone after states and cities that have adopted “sanctuary” policies to protect unauthorized immigrants from deportation.
He confirmed earlier this week that the DOJ is taking evidence from President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who has been seeking information in Ukraine about Joe Biden and family.
Meanwhile, President Trump has moved to rebuild his staff with those he sees as loyalists, including former communication director Hope Hicks, who worked closely with him in his business before serving as his Y 2016 campaign press secretary.
He also rehired his former personal assistant Johnny McEntee to lead his personnel office, will be tasked with ensuring that new hires are loyal to the President.
President Trump is about to launch a week of re-election activities, starting with a fundraising dinner Saturday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Sunday, he will seek to appeal to blue-collar voters by attending the Daytona 500 NASCAR race, where he will be named the Grand Marshal, the 1st president to have that distinction.
Tuesday he goes on a 3-day swing through California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado.
“People have to remember, Donald J. Trump is not ‘of’ government. He gets frustrated when people tell him something cannot get done. He is like: ‘Just get it done,’” says Bruce WD Barren, Chairman The EMCO/Hanover Group
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