The nationwide public outrage over President Donald Trump’s influence in the DOJ’s decision to reduce the requested prison time for his friend, confidant, and former advisor Roger Stone extended into Wednesday after the president tweeted his thanks and congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for “taking charge” of the case.
“Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday. “Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!”
Trump’s claims are totally false, but the anger, outrage, and fear for the nation’s future many expressed in response are not. And some see his tweet as proof of coordination between Trump and Barr, especially after the president Tuesday announced he has the “absolute right” to direct the Dept. of Justice in who and how it prosecutes.
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent sums it up:
Trump has now publicly admitted that his attorney general intervened in the case of his own longtime adviser -- who… https://t.co/crbjA0ZWJP— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent)1581508678.0
All four federal prosecutors in charge of the Roger Stone case quit within hours of the DOJ signaling it would intervene to reduce their sentencing recommendation.
Here’s how others are responding:
He commits his crimes in plain sight. And then boasts about them. https://t.co/LuWlQC5C0r— Richard Stengel (@Richard Stengel)1581512970.0
Trump has now just implicated Barr in writing. https://t.co/GYWUWmpusi— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1581509543.0
Trump confirms that the Department of Justice is now part of his political operation https://t.co/uKF8hz3x4R— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum)1581509155.0
Hey remember when conservatives threw a fit for Obama saying a police offer behaved stupidly? https://t.co/hthMlcLnCV— take care of yourself (@take care of yourself)1581511657.0
Fact Check: Roger Stone was convicted of 7 felonies by a jury of his peers in federal court, including obstructing… https://t.co/QARftEngxq— David Rohde (@David Rohde)1581512798.0
Those transfers meant, for the Flynn and Stone cases, the DC US Attorney Jessie Liu stood in the shoes of Robert Mu… https://t.co/WgipYg2hkb— southpaw (@southpaw)1581512431.0
@realDonaldTrump Less than 4 years ago it was a major scandal that AG Lynch met w/ Former-President Clinton to chat… https://t.co/3FethEXeoG— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild)1581511546.0
The mob boss is congratulating his mob lawyer for gutting the case against one of his mob lieutenants. https://t.co/VZIFFTpcj2— Neera Tanden (@Neera Tanden)1581511666.0
1) Trump tweets that it's unfair that his longtime adviser-turned-felon Roger Stone is facing a lengthy prison sent… https://t.co/gxLiM8b9uW— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1581510941.0
@realDonaldTrump Shut up, you pathological lying, disgusting, racist, traitorous, criminal. You and your miscrean… https://t.co/AOi8kvybBp— Bishop Talbert Swan (@Bishop Talbert Swan)1581508508.0
@realDonaldTrump If you read about another country where the Leader intervened in a case to help his close friend/a… https://t.co/ReyGB7tbsE— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1581510528.0
I don't understand how this isn't illegal. https://t.co/44c8VwEZjf— James O'Leary (@James O'Leary)1581509687.0
He's not changed one iota... what's next? Cc: @SenatorCollins https://t.co/rIZrxyCxPn— and, by the way - wear a mask! (@and, by the way - wear a mask!)1581509615.0
I don't think you're supposed to announce the tampering, champ. https://t.co/USdS5AG2D5— Hank Epton (@Hank Epton)1581509878.0