Bill Barr Responds To Trump Weighing In On Active Cases Before DOJ

The Democrats may never get that attacking President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr is not going to work.

These are two men who are not intimidated by their heavy-handed tactics and are fighting back against their corruption.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the impeachment court jester, is at it again calling for more investigations and Barr is prepared to fight.

“I’m struck by the fact that it’s all out in the open. I mean, we will certainly learn about what’s taking place behind the scenes, the sort of clandestine effort to weigh in and help the President’s friends and hurt the President’s enemies,” Schiff said on “The Axe Files” podcast.

“But the fact that this is being done in the open in a way makes it more insidious because it is normalizing this attack on the independence of our justice system,” he said.

That came in response to President Trump praising the fact that the Justice Department decided to change its sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, a Trump associate.

“We now have a President, and an attorney general who’s willing to go along with him, that is in the business of investigating political opponents. That is in the business of providing lenient sentences for those that will commit crimes to cover up for the President and try to get harsher sentences on people like Michael Cohen or others that will speak out against the President,” the California representative said.

“I’ve never witnessed in my lifetime or my consciousness — I mean, we saw some elements of this, I guess, during Watergate — such a wholesale assault on the rule of law here,” he said to CNN.

But the Department of Justice was dumbfounded by the recommendation.

“The Department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation,” a Justice Department official said to CNN.

“The Department believes the recommendation is extreme and excessive and is grossly disproportionate to Stone’s offenses,” it said.

“While it remains the position of the United States that a sentence of incarceration is warranted here, the government respectfully submits that the range of 87 to 108 months presented as the applicable advisory Guidelines range would not be appropriate or serve the interests of justice in this case,” it said.

President Trump said that he did not intervene in the change but he did comment on Twitter that he thought the recommendation of as many as nine years was outrageous.

“The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” he said.

The change in recommendation, which was ridiculous for the crimes Stone was found guilty of, made the Democrats furious.

“It is outrageous that DOJ has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing its recommendation,” House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi said. “Stepping down of prosecutors should be commended & actions of DOJ should be investigated.”

And Barr struck back by giving the Democrats what they wanted. He asked President Trump to back off, but everyone assumes it was a statement orchestrated with the White House.

“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr said to ABC News.

“I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody … whether it’s Congress, a newspaper editorial board, or the president,” he said. “I’m gonna do what I think is right. And you know … I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.”

Well played.