Attorney General William Barr issued a rare public rebuke of the president after Trump made demands from the Justice Department regarding the Roger Stone case.
“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr told ABC News, because it “make[s] it impossible for me to do my job.”
Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet about Barr’s criticism, after spending the morning attacking former White House chief of staff John Kelly and 2020 presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg.
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Attorney General William Barr blasted President Donald Trump for his recent tweets regarding Roger Stone’s case, saying he is “not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody.”
“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr told ABC News, because the tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.”
It was a rare rebuke from the Trump ally — one that typically could prompt a barrage of tweet attacks from the president.
“I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody….whether it’s Congress, newspaper editorial boards, or the president,” Bill Barr tells @ABC News.
“I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.” https://t.co/14rnEMD65c pic.twitter.com/QuoTgpUVHp
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 13, 2020
But Trump reportedly “wasn’t bothered by the comments at all.”
“He has the right, just like any American citizen, to publicly offer his opinions,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “President Trump uses social media very effectively to fight for the American people against injustices in our country, including the fake news.
“The President has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law.”
Trump’s cool-headedness comes after a tweetstorm of insults lobbed …read more
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