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Trump Declares He Has ‘Legal Right’ To Intervene In Any Criminal Case He Wishes

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Trump Declares He Has ‘Legal Right’ To Intervene In Any Criminal Case He Wishes




President Trump on Friday declared he has “the legal right” to insert himself into the Justice Department’s handling of criminal cases one day after Attorney General William Barr said some of the president’s tweets were making his job more difficult.

Trump cited Barr’s comments from an ABC News interview in which the attorney general claimed that the president had not asked him to take certain action in a criminal case.

“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!” Trump tweeted.



Hillary Clinton fired back at Trump’s “legal right” claim, tweeting: “In the last 24 hours, the American president has: 1. Corruptly pressured a governor to drop lawsuits against him to reverse a punitive policy change. 2. Claimed the power to personally direct the Justice Department to investigate anyone he wants.”

“Our democracy is in crisis,” the former Sec. of State warned.

Harvard Constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe called Trump and Barr’s so-called standoff “staged” and “phony.” and said that both Barr and Trump are “on the same side — against the rule of law.”

Tribe tweeted: “Trump wdn’t know a ‘legal right’ if it bit him in his humongous butt. Anyway, this staged ‘standoff’ btw Trump & Barr is as phony as WWE wrestling. Don’t let it fool you. They’re on the same side — against the rule of law.”







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