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Trump dismisses Barr criticism, says he can intervene

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump brushed aside criticism from his own attorney general Friday, claiming in a tweet that he has a “legal right” to intervene in criminal cases such as the one involving his former adviser, Roger Stone.

The tweet was a reaction to Attorney General William Barr’s assertion a day earlier that the president’s penchant for weighing publicly into prosecutions handled by the Justice Department is making it “impossible for me to do my job.”

Trump focused on one part of Barr’s interview with ABC that aired Thursday, noting that the attorney general said the president had “never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” But Trump did not react to Barr’s rare public rebuke, in which he acknowledged that he is concerned about “some of the tweets” the president fires off. 

Trump’s predictable response: A tweet. 

“This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!” Trump asserted on his favored social media platform. 

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