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The Trump administration responded to criticisms from Attorney General William Barr on Thursday after Barr told ABC News that the president was making it “impossible” to do his job by constantly tweeting about the Department of Justice.

CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge reported that White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham made the following statement in response to Barr’s criticisms: “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.”

The remarks from the White House came in response to an interview that Barr gave to ABC News on Thursday where he said, “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.”

Barr said, “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 continued. “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.”

Barr made the remarks after Trump tweeted multiple times this week about the harsh sentencing recommendations that federal prosecutors were seeking against Roger Stone, a Trump ally.

“This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!”

Barr and other top officials intervened the next day to lower the recommendation, but said that they did not do so because of the president’s tweets.

“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.”

Trump later congratulated Barr, writing, “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!”

Stone was convicted of seven felonies for lying to Congress and obstructing a federal investigation.

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8 Comments
  • AG William Barr,
    As an legally register American voter and someone who has been intently interested in the progress of both Parties. In my personal opinion Mr.Barr,, I feel that President Trump was only commutating his Views Of Injustice To The American People in His Tweeter Fashion. Since nobody seem to do nothing about The FAKE & Misleading NEWS Media. Our President is more transparent then any other president in history and is not bullying you at all! Maybe Mr.Barr you are feeling more intimidated by the democrats with their accusations and their constant disruption of this Government Administration with Fake Witch-hunt Investigations. Maybe what needs to be done is a little more in-depth investigation of the democrats. The American People Have The Right To Be Informed And NOT lied to.

    • Michael says:

      Well said, and exactly what I was thinking. Do not cave to the constant criticisms & pressures from the left. They want to remove you too, Mr. Barr, because you’re actually doing your job, and so pose a threat to uncovering all their corruption. Do not turn against the president. He is your ally, the Democrats are your enemy and the enemy of the American people.

  • Gary says:

    I think that the President has as much right as anyone else to voice his opinion. I congratulate Attorney General Barr for taking a serious look at the obvious injustice that his staff was proposing and doing something about it. I personally think the whole case should be thrown out, but at a minimum should be transferred to a different court and re-tried. I also believe that it is time to take serious action against the deep state personal and remove them. Then do the right thing and prosecute the Obama administration including everyone from the top on down. Trump’s charity organization had to pay a fine for a nothing error, how about going after Clinton’s fund and all of their known criminal activities. I could go on, but I know you can only ramble so long about the injustices and people stop reading.

  • Policestate says:

    If Trump had spoken privately to AG Barr about this, them the Dems could have cried collusion. But he made comments openly which he is entitled to do and now the Dems call this interference, why is everything Trump does a catch 22 event under Democratic rules for others? Time too get out canvas for ythe Republican party and take back the Congress and keep the Senate. This time with the control of both houses we will see what a Republican controlled Government can accomplish. They should know by. Now who are true party representatives and who are not. Then get the Spring cleaning and indictments rolling. We cannot wait any longer to much damage to OUR COUNTRY has already been done. By past governments, Time to bring it back under control even if we need to change laws with regards to the representatives in Office. They cannot be trusted to set they’re own pay,medical and pension scales any longer. They should be subject to immediate recall if they fail to uphold the Constitution. All Lawyers should be barred from holding office unless it is part of the judiciary.

  • Matt says:

    When asked if he thought it was time he stopped appearing on outlets like NBC, and actually started controlling the DOJ and began firing rogue Obama holdover staffers instead of trying to tell his Boss what to do, Barr had a whipped puppy expression on his face and began to mumble about “stuff.”

  • coachpan says:

    OK Billy, stop complaining and start prosecuting. This fiasco has gone on long enough. Get on your buddy Chris Wray and arrest the traitors of our country. What are you waiting for?

  • Evangeline says:

    I agree. Trump has the right. But I see Barr’s point, too.

  • Intellectual Impaler says:

    Well maybe if the DOJ actually did their jobs instead of looking the other way for certain political parties and prosecuting the other. Maybe the statue outside needs to be updated and have Lady justice wear a slipped blindfold.

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