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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.Published in