POTUS Donald Trump Says He Has Legal Right To Act On Criminal Cases

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US President Donald Trump has wrote on Twitter that he has legal right to take actions on criminal cases after his attorney general complained on February 15.

Written By Sounak Mitra | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Attorney General William Barr has said on February 14 that US President Donald Trump's tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and open cases make it impossible for him to do his job. Barr commented in an interview to a media outlet just days after his Justice Department overruled its own prosecutors. White House Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Trump does not care the comments at all and he has the right to publicly offer his opinions.

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Trump renews his attack

Barr spoke out after President Trump renewed his attack on the criminal trial of his ex-adviser, Roger Stone. The prosecutors demanded Stone serve a stiff sentence, to which Trump tweeted that it was unfair. Trump did not pay any attention to the Attorney General's plea to stop tweeting on Friday morning.

It is still not clear whether the US President has the authority to direct the Attorney General to open or shut a case. The Justice Department operates without any political intervention since the 1970 Watergate Scandal, according to the reports. 

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Trump has previously urged for an investigation into his perceived enemies such as former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe's lawyers announced the justice department has shut its criminal enquiry into whether their client had lied to investigators about leaks to the media on Friday. As per the international media reports, Barr had appointed foreign prosecutors to review the case against another Trump ally, Michael Flynn. 

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(With Agency Inputs)

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