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
President Donald Trump 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.
Trump'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.
Trump 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 Trump 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 Trump, although according to the White House, it