On Thursday, the Trump administration released a statement in response to criticism from Attorney General Bill Barr who said that it was “impossible” for him to do his job when President Trump tweeted so much about the Justice Department.
Catherine Herridge with CBS News reported that White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham made the following statement: “The President wasn’t bothered by the comments..he has the right, just like any American citizen, to publicly offer his opinions. #POTUS uses social media very effectively to fight for the American people…(and) has full faith and confidence in AG Barr.”
On Thursday Barr gave an interview with ABC News and said, “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.”
Barr continued, “Public statements and tweets made about the department, about our people in the department, our men and women, about cases pending in the department, and about judges before whom we have cases, make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we’re doing our work with integrity.”
“I am responsible for everything that happens in the department. But the thing I have the most responsibility for are the issues that are brought to me for decision and I will make those decisions based on what I think is the right thing to do, and I’m not going to be bullied, or influenced by anybody and I said at the whether it’s Congress, newspaper editorial boards, or the president,” Barr added. “I’m going to do what I think is right and I cannot do my job here at the department with constant background commentary that undercuts me.”
President Trump made multiple tweets throughout the week hammering the Department of Justice for their originally harsh prison sentence recommendation for Roger Stone.
“This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” President Trump wrote on Twitter. “The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!”
The next day, Barr lowered the prison sentence recommendation while clarifying that President Trump’s comments had nothing to do with his decision.
“The episode ignited a firestorm among rank-and-file lawyers at the Justice Department,” The New York Times reported. “While the officials blamed the original filing on a miscommunication and said they had intended to correct it even before Mr. Trump assailed it, four of the prosecutors working on the case withdrew.”
President Trump congratulated Barr later, saying, “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought. Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!”
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