Donald slaps down Bill Barr and claims he DOES have the right to ...

Donald slaps down Bill Barr by REFUSING to stop tweeting about the Justice Department and claiming he DOES have the legal right to intervene in criminal cases - but hasn't chosen to yet   responded to AG Bill Barr's extraordinary statement urging the president to stop tweeting about criminal cases He noted Barr's  statement that 'The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case' wrote he has the 'legal right to do so' Said he has 'so far chosen not to' blasted the sentencing recommendation for longtime advisor Roger Stone   Stone was convicted of lying to Congress about contacts with WikiLeaks, a key aspect of the Russia probe

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 14:32 GMT, 14 February 2020 | Updated: 14:32 GMT, 14 February 2020

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 President Donald slapped back at Bill Barr Friday, asserting the 'legal right' to intervene in criminal cases, after his attorney general warned him his tweets and comments made it difficult to do his job. 

 's pushback, which he put out on Twitter, capped off a week of extraordinary statements about the criminal case of longtime advisor Roger Stone, who was convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress about contacts with WikiLeaks. 

began by quoting from Barr's extraordinary interview with ABC News, where he said: 'The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case. 

Then he added: '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!'

President Donald Trump  jumped on revelations that the foreperson in Roger Stone's trial had run for Congress as a Democrat and tweeted about Stone's arrest. Stone has been an informal Trump advisor for decades. He was convicted on seven counts including witness tampering and lying to Congress

President said he had the 'legal right' to intervene in criminal cases 'but I have so far chosen not to!'

'I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,' Barr told the ABC. 

'I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.' 

It was rare pushback for a cabinet official against , although according to the White House, it

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