Barr: Won’t be ‘bullied’ by Trump on Stone case; jurors appalled

William Barr
William Barr

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr said yesterday that President Donald Trump’s attacks on prosecutors, the judge and jurors in the trial of a longtime adviser undermined the Justice Department’s work, adding he would not be “bullied” by anyone.

 

In an ABC interview, Barr, the country’s top law enforcement officer, said Trump’s criticism of those involved in the case of Roger Stone “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

Barr spoke after his Justice Department abandoned prosecutors’ initial recommendation to give the veteran Republican operative seven to nine years in prison, prompting all four prosecutors to quit the case.

Trump has weighed in on Twitter all week with comments that have aroused concerns his administration is weakening the rule of law.

“I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody … whether it’s Congress, a newspaper editorial board or the president,” Barr said.

“I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me,” Barr said, adding: “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.”

The White House said Trump was not bothered by Barr’s remarks.

“The President has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law,” White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

 

Trump’s fellow Republicans also expressed support for Barr.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a staunch Trump supporter, said Barr was “a great choice” as attorney general.

“I think if the attorney general says it’s getting in the way of doing his job, maybe the president should listen to the attorney general,” McConnell told Fox News.

Stone was found guilty in November on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.

Trump posted a Fox News story on Thursday that accused some of the jurors of political bias. “This is not looking good for the ‘Justice’ Department,” he tweeted.

Seth Cousins, who served as a juror in Stone’s trial, told Reuters he was “appalled” by Trump’s remarks.

“It feels like something outrageous is going on,” Cousins said in an interview.

“I think it is appalling for the president of the United States to be attacking American citizens for patriotically fulfilling their duties,” he said.

 

The Twitter attacks started on Tuesday when Trump criticized U.S. prosecutors in the case stemming from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election to benefit Trump’s candidacy.

The Republican president called their sentencing recommendation for Stone “horrible” and a “miscarriage of justice.” Stone’s friendship with Trump dates back decades.

Trump on Wednesday thanked Barr, whom he appointed last year, for “taking charge” of the case. He also tweeted criticism of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is scheduled to sentence Stone on Feb. 20.

Trump and the Justice Department said they had not had direct talks on the matter.

Former U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu, who oversaw the Stone case, resigned from the Treasury Department this week after the White House dropped her nomination for a post overseeing economic sanctions, a source confirmed to Reuters on Thursday.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s comments on the Stone case amounted to interference in the workings of the U.S. government’s judicial branch.

“This is an abuse of power – that the president is again trying to manipulate federal law enforcement to serve his political interest,” Pelosi, a Democrat, told a news conference. “This is not what America is about. It is so wrong.”

Chief Judge Beryl Howell, the top judge on the U.S. District Court in Washington on which Jackson sits, also weighed in, saying in an unusual public statement that public criticism “is not a factor” in sentencing decisions.

 

In his interview, Cousins said the jury had not discussed politics.

“As a whole group, and in every single conversation that I was involved in or overheard, we never discussed politics as a jury. I have no idea what anyone’s political affiliation is,” he said.

The jurors have kept in touch and followed developments, Cousins said, adding they all “echo the sense of being appalled. Maybe a little bit betrayed.”

Grant Smith, one of Stone’s lawyers, told Reuters the defense team was examining jurors’ social media posts.

Early on in the jury selection process, Jackson overruled Stone’s lawyers when they tried to strike prospective jurors who worked for the government or had opinions about Trump.

All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee called for an investigation. The panel’s Republican chairman, Lindsey Graham, dismissed that idea.

He wrote on Twitter that he hoped the court would take the jury allegations seriously if the report was accurate, calling it “not fair.”

Other Republicans shrugged off the furor.

 

“I’ll leave it up to a judge to decide whether a juror is biased or not,” Senator Chuck Grassley said.

Stone was one of several close Trump associates charged in Mueller’s probe, which Trump called a “witch hunt.” His supporters are pushing for a presidential pardon. Trump has declined comment.

The Republican-led Senate last week acquitted Trump on impeachment charges brought by the Democratic-led House accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from his dealings with Ukraine.    KN

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It was revealed that foreman of the Jury is a known democrat operative who made public anti Trump statements and commented about Stone on Facebook prior to being accepted as a Jury member and then lied to the judge about not knowing anything about the case before being accepted.

This puts serious doubt on the motives for this case. 

All governments institutions have been weaponized by the Democrats who are now interfering with the courts.

Trump has to put an end to this nonsense. 

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Sean posted:

It was revealed that foreman of the Jury is a known democrat operative who made public anti Trump statements and commented about Stone on Facebook prior to being accepted as a Jury member and then lied to the judge about not knowing anything about the case before being accepted.

This puts serious doubt on the motives for this case. 

All governments institutions have been weaponized by the Democrats who are now interfering with the courts.

Trump has to put an end to this nonsense. 

Fake FOX noise.
How can trump put an end to this nonsense when he IS part of the nonsense? Tink na bhai!

All you on the left are like a bunch of empty barrels. Whining and crying like wimps every single day while Trump buss all you balls.

Trump single handily took on and dismantled the Fake News Media and the hapless democrats leftists.

The best best is for y'all to grow some balls and agree on a candidate to take him on at the polls and right now there is a civil war in the Democratic Party.

The best y'all can do now is to surrender to a racist Bloomberg, a know Chinese apologist.

hey hey hey

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Na Bia, I am enjoying the desperate democrats huddling around a known racist to save them while their party endures a civil war. This is fun to watch. Republicans are oozing with confidence as Nancy and Schiitt Schiff clean Trump's toilets. 

Four More Years of Progress, Vote Red.  (In Guyana Too) 

The Left sticks to a racist like Glue. Vote Blue if you love Racist Socialist Glue.  

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