Barr blasts Trump’s tweets on Stone case: ‘Impossible for me to do my job , Barr’s comments are a rare break with a president who ,
The attorney general has aligned himself with and fiercely defended. But it also puts Barr in line with many of Trump’s supporters on Capitol Hill who say they support the president but wish he’d cut back on his tweets.
“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr told ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas When asked if he was prepared for the consequences of criticizing the president – his boss .
Barr said “of course” because his job is to run the Justice Department and make decisions on “what I think is the right thing to do.” “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.”
Barr ignited a firestorm this week after top Justice Department officials intervened in the sentencing of Roger Stone, a longtime friend and former campaign adviser to ,the president who was convicted of lying to Congress,
Barr said he told his staff that night that the Justice Department has to amend its recommendation. Hours later, the president tweeted that it was “horrible and very unfair” and that “the real crimes were on the other side.” “Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” Trump tweeted.
This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. The blowback from such an unprecedented move by ,
The Justice Department leadership was immediate, both internally among the rank-and-file and in Congress.