‘Language of Monarchy’: Trump Asserts He Has ‘Absolute Right’ to Tell Justice Department What to Do

1240
Sky News Australia / YouTube Donald Trump describes impeachment as 39 1571843303.jpg...
Sky News Australia / YouTube

Speaking to reporters amid growing outrage over the Justice Department’s decision to intervene to reduce Roger Stone’s recommended prison sentence, President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied that he instructed the DOJ to step in but asserted he “would be able to do it if I wanted.”

“I have the absolute right to do it,” Trump said. “I stay out of things to a degree that people wouldn’t believe but I didn’t speak to [the Justice Department]. I thought the recommendation was ridiculous. I thought the whole prosecution was ridiculous. And I look at others that haven’t been prosecuted… but when you see that I thought it was an insult to our country.”

“I think it’s a disgrace. No, I have not been involved with it at all,” said Trump, who earlier Tuesday tweeted his displeasure with federal prosecutors’ recommendation of seven to nine years of prison for Stone for witness tampering and lying to Congress. Stone is a longtime friend, confidant, and adviser to the president.

Watch Trump’s comments:

The president’s remarks, which one observer described as the “language of monarchy,” came as he and Attorney General William Barr faced accusations of illegally wielding the power of the Justice Department to overrule career federal prosecutors to protect Trump’s friend.

Following the Justice Department’s intervention Tuesday, all four prosecutors handling the Stone case withdrew from the proceedings.

“Donald Trump’s priorities begin and end with consolidating power,” tweeted Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). “Trump spends his days threatening the Justice Department in order to keep his criminal buddies out of prison, while Bill Barr grotesquely pillages the rule of law.”

Thank you to all who already support our work since we could not exist without your generosity. If you have not already, please consider supporting us on Patreon to ensure we can continue bringing you the best of independent journalism.

Leave a Comment

7 Comments on "‘Language of Monarchy’: Trump Asserts He Has ‘Absolute Right’ to Tell Justice Department What to Do"

avatar
newest oldest most voted
DHG
Guest

Trump does not have the authority for this and Barr is going to end up in prison. Trump and his criminals will all end up in prison

J.M
Guest

I’ll deliver all to prison free of charge. Would be the best day of my life and our country.

Gunther
Guest
Gunther

He needs to hang from a tree.

J.M
Guest

Apparently crime does pay, when you are part of the corrupt cult. What’s next? This rogue nation we live in keeps me from leaving my house. That’s fine by me. I pray it ends in November.

Reeby
Guest
Reeby

This has got to stop. What Trump is doing is telling criminals and young people you can get away with anything if you have a gun and power. In Lexington Ky since Sunday we have had 9 shootings. A 15 year old student was killed while in his own house by random gunfire. Yes I blame this president for his hateful, insane rhetoric.

Robert Burnett
Guest
Robert Burnett

What the hell are the DEMs waiting for. Impeach Trump again and Bill Barr. I wish, I p[ray God will deliver us from these two. There is power in prayer. Yo see Donald thinks he can box with God and win. I have news for him. Don’t even think about trying. God is far from being afraid of you.

Dick Panico
Guest
Dick Panico

Well , he’s got the absolute right to “make an ass “,of himself and his base . And that is what he’s doing !
I’m not sure they ( his base ), understands that —yet?