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Trump Claims ‘Legal Right' to Interfere in Justice Dept. Cases


Added 02-14-20 06:40:03pm EST - “A day after the attorney general publicly rebuked him, President Trump rejected the tradition of an independent Justice Department.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Trump Claims ‘Legal Right’ to Interfere in Justice Dept. Cases”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A day after the attorney general publicly rebuked him, President Trump rejected the tradition of an independent Justice Department.

WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted Friday that he had the legal right to intervene in federal criminal cases, a day after Attorney General William P. Barr publicly rebuked him for attacks on Justice Department prosecutors and others involved in the case of Roger J. Stone Jr., the president’s longtime friend.

In a morning tweet, Mr. Trump quoted Mr. Barr saying that the president “has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” The president said he had “so far chosen” not to interfere in a criminal case even though he insisted that he was not legally bound to do so.

“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!” he said.

Though he and Mr. Barr both said the president had not directly asked for any specific inquiries, Mr. Trump has long pressured law enforcement officials both publicly and privately to open investigations into political rivals and to drop inquiries. Mr. Trump also pressed former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to retake control of the Russia investigation after he recused himself.

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