When asked about his interference in Roger Stone’s sentencing, Trump claimed he has the right to tell the DOJ what to do.
Trump said, “No. I didn’t speak to the Justice, but I have the absolute right to do it if I want. I stay out of things to a degree that people wouldn’t believe, but I didn’t speak to them. I thought the recommendation was ridiculous. I thought the whole prosecution was ridiculous, and I look at others who haven’t been prosecuted, but when you see that, I thought it was an insult to our country, and it shouldn’t happen, but we’ll see what goes on there, but that was a horrible aberration. These are the same Mueller people…”
Asked about Roger Stone, Trump says he has an “absolute right” to tell the Justice Department what to do pic.twitter.com/AZRv9Aff7P
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 11, 2020
Trump does not have the absolute right to do anything, except resign. He is not a king. The Constitution does not give presidents absolute rights or unlimited powers. Trump didn’t have to speak directly to Barr. He communicated his displeasure with a tweet, but no one should believe a president who is approaching 20,000 lies in office.
Of course, Trump intervened to help Stone. He overruled federal prosecutors and corrupted the DOJ in a way that is a disgrace to the nation.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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