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President Trump is tweeting once again about the Roger Stone trial and the need for a retrial. I suppose he thinks he’s clever because he is just quoting noted bonehead Andrew Napolitano. It’s bad for two reasons:

First, Barr has asked him to knock it off. If Barr ends up leaving over this it is all over – any chance of getting to the bottom of the Russia story is done. There is no Plan B at this point.

Second, Justice Department guidelines forbid prosecutors from tweeting or talking about cases outside of the pleadings and court proceedings, except in very general ways. The President, who oversees DOJ, should be abiding by the same rules.

The President has been fortunate that his enemies have made so many mistakes and consistently overreached because of their blind hatred. But the President’s lack of discipline and impulsiveness creates its own problems.

There are plenty of things the President can, and should, tweet about. This is not one of them.

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  1. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    I don’t know about this conclusion. There seems to be a plausible argument that this was a politically-motivated prosecution, arising out of process crimes relating to the ultimately baseless Mueller investigation, and that the jury was headed by an anti-Trump political activist. It looks a bit like unfair persecution of Stone for the offense of having supported the President.

    The President’s tweets may be a good way to keep people focused on the problem of the Swamp.

    • #1
    • February 18, 2020, at 8:58 AM PST
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  2. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I don’t know about this conclusion. There seems to be a plausible argument that this was a politically-motivated prosecution, arising out of process crimes relating to the ultimately baseless Mueller investigation, and that the jury was headed by an anti-Trump political activist. It looks a bit like unfair persecution of Stone for the offense of having supported the President.

    The President’s tweets may be a good way to keep people focused on the problem of the Swamp.

    No, it’s stupid when your AG, your best line of defense, has publicly told you to knock it off.

    This is not about the merits of the Stone case.

    • #2
    • February 18, 2020, at 9:06 AM PST
    • 13 likes
  3. Ed G. Member
    Ed G. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I don’t know about this conclusion. There seems to be a plausible argument that this was a politically-motivated prosecution, arising out of process crimes relating to the ultimately baseless Mueller investigation, and that the jury was headed by an anti-Trump political activist. It looks a bit like unfair persecution of Stone for the offense of having supported the President.

    The President’s tweets may be a good way to keep people focused on the problem of the Swamp.

    No, it’s stupid when your AG, your best line of defense, has publicly told you to knock it off.

     

    I think you have that backwards. The AG doesn’t get to tell the president to knock it off. Perhaps this is Trump’s message to Barr: produce already, we’re running out of time, and the losses are mounting as are the retreats. It remains to be seen whether Barr is the best line of defense or offense.

    • #3
    • February 18, 2020, at 9:13 AM PST
    • 6 likes
  4. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I don’t know about this conclusion. There seems to be a plausible argument that this was a politically-motivated prosecution, arising out of process crimes relating to the ultimately baseless Mueller investigation, and that the jury was headed by an anti-Trump political activist. It looks a bit like unfair persecution of Stone for the offense of having supported the President.

    The President’s tweets may be a good way to keep people focused on the problem of the Swamp.

    No, it’s stupid when your AG, your best line of defense, has publicly told you to knock it off.

     

    I think you have that backwards. The AG doesn’t get to tell the president to knock it off. Perhaps this is Trump’s message to Barr: produce already, we’re running out of time, and the losses are mounting as are the retreats. It remains to be seen whether Barr is the best line of defense or offense.

    No, if the President is the boss, the boss needs to follow the rules. He can talk to Barr, but publicly messaging him at this point is unbelievably stupid. If Barr is not the best line of defense it is all over. Trump has very few people he can trust and doing this to Barr makes it even harder for him to get reliable folks to join the administration. This is Politics 101. Trump is a jerk when he does this. And yes, Barr can tell the President to knock it off and if he doesn’t Barr can quit. And then who do you want to put in – an idiot like Judge Napolitano?

    • #4
    • February 18, 2020, at 9:19 AM PST
    • 12 likes
  5. Jager Coolidge
    Jager Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I am kind of all over the place on this.

    I agree that this is not particularly wise and wish he would stop Tweeting about Stone. Barr stepped in and reduced the recommendation. If it is still a problem for Trump he can pardon Stone. 

    I disagree with your discussion of Trump following DOJ regulations and “the boss needs to follow the rules”. The Constitution places sole executive power with the President. The DOJ can not produce regulations that bind the sitting President. 

    He gets to say whatever he wants when ever he wants, that does not make this a good idea to tweet about.

     

    • #5
    • February 18, 2020, at 9:31 AM PST
    • 11 likes
  6. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    You are right. This is bad. Worse than Hitler. Let’s impeach Trump.

    • #6
    • February 18, 2020, at 9:39 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  7. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo…: any chance of getting to the bottom of the Russia story is done.

    There was never any chance if getting to the bottom of the Russia story. Does not matter what Trump does.

    • #7
    • February 18, 2020, at 9:41 AM PST
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  8. Bob Thompson Member

    I don’t see Barr leaving. Too much fun to be had. When POTUS tweets he occupies some amount of the ‘resistance’ to his tweeting that might otherwise be employed for a greater annoyance for Barr. Here’s something I see invariably when the ‘resistance’ goes into the mode of accusing Trump of crimes, abuse of power, or other misdeeds. They alway address it in generalities, for example, a media article will say that Trump needs to be removed for all the crimes he commits, and that will be it, no specifics. This helps keep me convinced that Trump is the man. It was that way for the impeachment and trial. It’s that way for the 2020 election campaign, all they have is get rid of Trump and so far that’s all the newcomer Bloomberg is saying, although we know what would be in store with China if he were in the White House. Barr must really be looking forward to what he will be able to do after the election, anything he does before that is no good anyway if Trump were to lose. With Trump’s re-election the possibilities for wins is boundless.

    • #8
    • February 18, 2020, at 9:43 AM PST
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  9. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    I don’t see Barr leaving. Too much fun to be had. When POTUS tweets he occupies some amount of the ‘resistance’ to his tweeting that might otherwise be employed for a greater annoyance for Barr. Here’s something I see invariably when the ‘resistance’ goes into the mode of accusing Trump of crimes, abuse of power, or other misdeeds. They alway address it in generalities, for example, a media article will say that Trump needs to be removed for all the crimes he commits, and that will be it, no specifics. This helps keep me convinced that Trump is the man. It was that way for the impeachment and trial. It’s that way for the 2020 election campaign, all they have is get rid of Trump and so far that’s all the newcomer Bloomberg is saying, although we know what would be in store with China if he were in the White House. Barr must really be looking forward to what he will be able to do after the election, anything he does before that is no good anyway if Trump were to lose. With Trump’s re-election the possibilities for wins is boundless.

    I hope you are right.

    • #9
    • February 18, 2020, at 9:59 AM PST
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  10. tigerlily Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo…:

    There are plenty of things the President can, and should, tweet about. This is not one of them.

    Agree. Another thing Trump should realize is that if there are criminal trials regarding the Russia story, those will most likely be held in DC where it will be hard enough already to get a conviction. Trump’s continued commenting on this will only make it harder to obtain those convictions.

     

    • #10
    • February 18, 2020, at 9:59 AM PST
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  11. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Jager (View Comment):

    I am kind of all over the place on this.

    I agree that this is not particularly wise and wish he would stop Tweeting about Stone. Barr stepped in and reduced the recommendation. If it is still a problem for Trump he can pardon Stone.

    I disagree with your discussion of Trump following DOJ regulations and “the boss needs to follow the rules”. The Constitution places sole executive power with the President. The DOJ can not produce regulations that bind the sitting President.

    He gets to say whatever he wants when ever he wants, that does not make this a good idea to tweet about.

    And when the Judiciary, a co-equal branch, reacts in a way that Trump doesn’t like and can’t do a thing about, you can thank the President.

    • #11
    • February 18, 2020, at 10:00 AM PST
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  12. Ed G. Member
    Ed G. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I don’t know about this conclusion. There seems to be a plausible argument that this was a politically-motivated prosecution, arising out of process crimes relating to the ultimately baseless Mueller investigation, and that the jury was headed by an anti-Trump political activist. It looks a bit like unfair persecution of Stone for the offense of having supported the President.

    The President’s tweets may be a good way to keep people focused on the problem of the Swamp.

    No, it’s stupid when your AG, your best line of defense, has publicly told you to knock it off.

     

    I think you have that backwards. The AG doesn’t get to tell the president to knock it off. Perhaps this is Trump’s message to Barr: produce already, we’re running out of time, and the losses are mounting as are the retreats. It remains to be seen whether Barr is the best line of defense or offense.

    No, if the President is the boss, the boss needs to follow the rules. He can talk to Barr, but publicly messaging him at this point is unbelievably stupid. If Barr is not the best line of defense it is all over. Trump has very few people he can trust and doing this to Barr makes it even harder for him to get reliable folks to join the administration. This is Politics 101. Trump is a jerk when he does this. And yes, Barr can tell the President to knock it off and if he doesn’t Barr can quit. And then who do you want to put in – an idiot like Judge Napolitano?

    Which rules are you referring to? You call it stupid (I disagree), but that’s not a rule. 

    I agree that if Barr isn’t the answer then things don’t look good for draining the swamp. We’ll see.

    I still say that it remains to be seen whether Barr is reliable or not. And what is Trump doing to him anyway? These tweets don’t seem to have anything to do with DOJ. These are directed at the judge in the case it seems. 

    Barr can quit any time. Is he committed to the job or not? For every tweet pointing out truth, there are hundreds of hours of CNN and the rest saying the craziest things, along with dumb political letters demanding Barr’s resignation. Let’s buck up here and keep things in perspective.

    • #12
    • February 18, 2020, at 10:02 AM PST
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  13. OldPhil Coolidge

    I agree that Trump should be Trump and tweet about politics, social issues, sports, the weather, or pretty much anything else he wants to raise. Anything, that is, except legal cases that are in front of the Justice Department or a judge. It only gives the Democrats and the press (of course I repeat myself) more fodder to yawp about. Just shaddup.

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    • February 18, 2020, at 10:09 AM PST
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  14. Ed G. Member
    Ed G. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Jager (View Comment):

    I am kind of all over the place on this.

    I agree that this is not particularly wise and wish he would stop Tweeting about Stone. Barr stepped in and reduced the recommendation. If it is still a problem for Trump he can pardon Stone.

    I disagree with your discussion of Trump following DOJ regulations and “the boss needs to follow the rules”. The Constitution places sole executive power with the President. The DOJ can not produce regulations that bind the sitting President.

    He gets to say whatever he wants when ever he wants, that does not make this a good idea to tweet about.

    And when the Judiciary, a co-equal branch, reacts in a way that Trump doesn’t like and can’t do a thing about, you can thank the President.

    That’s on them then. Everyone just needs to do their duty. It’s not as if before Trump there was no presidential opinionating (public or private), and God knows there’s been impropriety getting into downright corruption long before President Trump arrived. We live in the swamp, not utopia. Stay on target. Pointing out injustice and weaponization of the law is staying on target. 

    • #14
    • February 18, 2020, at 10:11 AM PST
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  15. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I don’t know about this conclusion. There seems to be a plausible argument that this was a politically-motivated prosecution, arising out of process crimes relating to the ultimately baseless Mueller investigation, and that the jury was headed by an anti-Trump political activist. It looks a bit like unfair persecution of Stone for the offense of having supported the President.

    The President’s tweets may be a good way to keep people focused on the problem of the Swamp.

    No, it’s stupid when your AG, your best line of defense, has publicly told you to knock it off.

     

    I think you have that backwards. The AG doesn’t get to tell the president to knock it off. Perhaps this is Trump’s message to Barr: produce already, we’re running out of time, and the losses are mounting as are the retreats. It remains to be seen whether Barr is the best line of defense or offense.

    No, if the President is the boss, the boss needs to follow the rules. He can talk to Barr, but publicly messaging him at this point is unbelievably stupid. If Barr is not the best line of defense it is all over. Trump has very few people he can trust and doing this to Barr makes it even harder for him to get reliable folks to join the administration. This is Politics 101. Trump is a jerk when he does this. And yes, Barr can tell the President to knock it off and if he doesn’t Barr can quit. And then who do you want to put in – an idiot like Judge Napolitano?

    Which rules are you referring to? You call it stupid (I disagree), but that’s not a rule.

    I agree that if Barr isn’t the answer then things don’t look good for draining the swamp. We’ll see.

    I still say that it remains to be seen whether Barr is reliable or not. And what is Trump doing to him anyway? These tweets don’t seem to have anything to do with DOJ. These are directed at the judge in the case it seems.

    Barr can quit any time. Is he committed to the job or not? For every tweet pointing out truth, there are hundreds of hours of CNN and the rest saying the craziest things, along with dumb political letters demanding Barr’s resignation. Let’s buck up here and keep things in perspective.

    It’s not my job to buck up. It’s Barr’s. We’ll see what happens. The tweets do have to do with DOJ because DOJ has to take a position on the motion for a retrial. 

    You say you don’t know if Barr is reliable. He didn’t need this job and can leave it easily. He’s been an effective public defender of the President and has multiple investigations under way. He and Durham have already made unusual public statements about their belief that the Russia stuff was a hoax. What alternative do you suggest who can prove their undying loyalty to the President? Jeanine Pirro?

    This is really simple. Trump should stop tweeting about this. Why create the potential for yet another problem?

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    • February 18, 2020, at 10:12 AM PST
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  16. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Jager (View Comment):

    I am kind of all over the place on this.

    I agree that this is not particularly wise and wish he would stop Tweeting about Stone. Barr stepped in and reduced the recommendation. If it is still a problem for Trump he can pardon Stone.

    I disagree with your discussion of Trump following DOJ regulations and “the boss needs to follow the rules”. The Constitution places sole executive power with the President. The DOJ can not produce regulations that bind the sitting President.

    He gets to say whatever he wants when ever he wants, that does not make this a good idea to tweet about.

    And when the Judiciary, a co-equal branch, reacts in a way that Trump doesn’t like and can’t do a thing about, you can thank the President.

    That’s on them then. Everyone just needs to do their duty. It’s not as if before Trump there was no presidential opinionating (public or private), and God knows there’s been impropriety getting into downright corruption long before President Trump arrived. We live in the swamp, not utopia. Stay on target. Pointing out injustice and weaponization of the law is staying on target.

    In this case it is potentially self-defeating. It is an own goal. Why antagonize your best defender? You are defending the indefensible.

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    • February 18, 2020, at 10:15 AM PST
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  17. Ed G. Member
    Ed G. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    OldPhil (View Comment):

    I agree that Trump should be Trump and tweet about politics, social issues, sports, the weather, or pretty much anything else he wants to raise. Anything, that is, except legal cases that are in front of the Justice Department or a judge. It only gives the Democrats and the press (of course I repeat myself) more fodder to yawp about. Just shaddup.

    Eh, Dems and press gonna yawp anyway. So what anymore? Tweeting at least gets communication out directly. 

    • #17
    • February 18, 2020, at 10:21 AM PST
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  18. Ed G. Member
    Ed G. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):
    You say you don’t know if Barr is reliable. He didn’t need this job and can leave it easily. He’s been an effective public defender of the President and has multiple investigations under way. He and Durham have already made unusual public statements about their belief that the Russia stuff was a hoax. What alternative do you suggest who can prove their undying loyalty to the President? Jeanine Pirro?

    Yes, I say it remains to be seen what Barr is or isn’t. Lindsay Graham talks a lot too. Talk is cheap. I already know that Russia collusion was a hoax, I don’t need Barr to tell me.

    Oh, and you can knock it off with the “undying loyalty” crap. I haven’t called for that and that’s not what I’m saying. At all. I agreed with you: if Barr turns out to be a dud then it doesn’t look good for swamp draining or anything else.

    EDIT: sorry I got a little testy here. I could have pushed back in a more productive way.

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    • February 18, 2020, at 10:26 AM PST
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  19. Hoyacon Member

    This, and the fact that Roger Stone is one of the last hills that I’d want to die on.

    • #19
    • February 18, 2020, at 10:35 AM PST
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  20. Ed G. Member
    Ed G. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Jager (View Comment):

    I am kind of all over the place on this.

    I agree that this is not particularly wise and wish he would stop Tweeting about Stone. Barr stepped in and reduced the recommendation. If it is still a problem for Trump he can pardon Stone.

    I disagree with your discussion of Trump following DOJ regulations and “the boss needs to follow the rules”. The Constitution places sole executive power with the President. The DOJ can not produce regulations that bind the sitting President.

    He gets to say whatever he wants when ever he wants, that does not make this a good idea to tweet about.

    And when the Judiciary, a co-equal branch, reacts in a way that Trump doesn’t like and can’t do a thing about, you can thank the President.

    That’s on them then. Everyone just needs to do their duty. It’s not as if before Trump there was no presidential opinionating (public or private), and God knows there’s been impropriety getting into downright corruption long before President Trump arrived. We live in the swamp, not utopia. Stay on target. Pointing out injustice and weaponization of the law is staying on target.

    In this case it is potentially self-defeating. It is an own goal. Why antagonize your best defender? You are defending the indefensible.

    Actually, I think it is defensible. That’s why I’m defending it. I don’t think it does the harm you say it does. I don’t think it is the infraction you think it is. I don’t think it’s self defeating. I think it continues the successful strategy of direct communication highlighting egregious examples of swampiness and double standards, especially in light of DOJ decision to not pursue similar charges against McCabe. It might also be a shot back across Barr’s bow: quit complaining and produce results already because we’re running out of time. 

    • #20
    • February 18, 2020, at 10:37 AM PST
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  21. Freeven Member
    Freeven Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’m ambivalent about Trump’s tweets on this, but I do find it interesting that Barr chose to call the president out publicly rather than simply send him an email saying “This is making my job harder.”

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    • February 18, 2020, at 10:40 AM PST
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  22. Bob Thompson Member

    Freeven (View Comment):

    I’m ambivalent about Trump’s tweets on this, but I do find it interesting that Barr chose to call the president out publicly rather than simply send him an email saying “This is making my job harder.”

    Maybe Barr wanted to showcase his criticism of Trump, perhaps even with Trump’s knowledge. Maybe the President is treating this as just an element in his re-election campaign. I’ve never used so many maybe’s in my life as now.

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    • February 18, 2020, at 10:44 AM PST
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  23. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Jager (View Comment):

    I am kind of all over the place on this.

    I agree that this is not particularly wise and wish he would stop Tweeting about Stone. Barr stepped in and reduced the recommendation. If it is still a problem for Trump he can pardon Stone.

    I disagree with your discussion of Trump following DOJ regulations and “the boss needs to follow the rules”. The Constitution places sole executive power with the President. The DOJ can not produce regulations that bind the sitting President.

    He gets to say whatever he wants when ever he wants, that does not make this a good idea to tweet about.

    And when the Judiciary, a co-equal branch, reacts in a way that Trump doesn’t like and can’t do a thing about, you can thank the President.

    That’s on them then. Everyone just needs to do their duty. It’s not as if before Trump there was no presidential opinionating (public or private), and God knows there’s been impropriety getting into downright corruption long before President Trump arrived. We live in the swamp, not utopia. Stay on target. Pointing out injustice and weaponization of the law is staying on target.

    In this case it is potentially self-defeating. It is an own goal. Why antagonize your best defender? You are defending the indefensible.

    Actually, I think it is defensible. That’s why I’m defending it. I don’t think it does the harm you say it does. I don’t think it is the infraction you think it is. I don’t think it’s self defeating. I think it continues the successful strategy of direct communication highlighting egregious examples of swampiness and double standards, especially in light of DOJ decision to not pursue similar charges against McCabe. It might also be a shot back across Barr’s bow: quit complaining and produce results already because we’re running out of time.

    You don’t think Barr knows that time is running out? We all know about the swamp and the hoax. Does Trump’s tweet make it more likely a judge grants Stone a retrial? Does it make it more or less likely Barr hangs it up? There is simply no strategic value in what the President is doing. 

    • #23
    • February 18, 2020, at 10:45 AM PST
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  24. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Freeven (View Comment):

    I’m ambivalent about Trump’s tweets on this, but I do find it interesting that Barr chose to call the president out publicly rather than simply send him an email saying “This is making my job harder.”

    We don’t know. He may have or may have spoken with him about it. Barr is an experienced player, and as savvy in his own way as Trump. He must have been extraordinarily teed off about the President to make his statement and may have felt the need to establish his independence from the President in making prosecutorial decisions, which is why the President’s action today is risky.

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    • February 18, 2020, at 10:48 AM PST
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  25. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    When in doubt, assume that Trump is tweeting to steal media attention. Pretend is he yelling, “Squirrel!” Maybe he doesn’t want the media discussing the DNC debate tomorrow. Maybe he is hiding a trade deal with India to be announced next week. It is not 8D chess, it is treating the media like they are dumb.

    Image result for squirrel distraction meme

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    • February 18, 2020, at 11:03 AM PST
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  26. Guruforhire Member

    I want to agree. It just doesn’t seem right.

    I think russiagate is different, and there will never be broad national healing, and even if barr does everything we wish he would, its not going to result in appropriate outcomes. No democrat will vote to convict these people for any crime even if committed on video and confessed too.

    I think its just whistling past the graveyard to pretend otherwise.

     

    This is a permanent sucking chestwound in the legitimacy of the state.

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    • February 18, 2020, at 11:14 AM PST
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  27. Franco Member
    Franco Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Stephen Miller, who I suspect does most of Trump’s tweets is on his honeymoon. 
    On Monday I read someone on Twitter saying facetiously, “ something must be up, he hasn’t tweeted in 15 hours”. Then I read news of the wedding. I put 2+2 together. I’ve always suspected Miller was the main tweeter. Now I have circumstantial evidence! That’s more than Romney had when voting for removal….

    • #27
    • February 18, 2020, at 11:20 AM PST
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  28. Susan Quinn Contributor

    It’s stupid–you can even forget the right/wrong argument–for Trump to be tweeting. If Barr leaves, it would serve him right.

    • #28
    • February 18, 2020, at 11:37 AM PST
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  29. Fritz Member

    I think Barr’s public tweet was for the benefit of his subordinates in the DOJ and US attorney offices around the country as much as anything else, or he would simply have had a quiet word with the president.

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    • February 18, 2020, at 12:27 PM PST
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  30. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo…:

    There are plenty of things the President can, and should, tweet about. This is not one of them.

    Agree. Another thing Trump should realize is that if there are criminal trials regarding the Russia story, those will most likely be held in DC where it will be hard enough already to get a conviction. Trump’s continued commenting on this will only make it harder to obtain those convictions.

     

    Which is why Barr and Lindsey Graham should be using their respective venues to make the case for moving all politically sensitive cases to jury pools that are demonstrably roughly 50:50 in their registration, voting, and political activism. 

    • #30
    • February 18, 2020, at 12:50 PM PST
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