Daily US Times, Washington: US Attorney General William Barr criticized Donald Trump saying the President’s Tweet made his task impossible. Mr. Barr also rebuked Trump for publicly commenting on sensitive investigations but insisted the Justice Department had acted appropriately after an extraordinary fall out with career prosecutors who had handled the case of Roger Stone earlier this week.
In an interview with the ABC, he said, “I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.”
“To have public statements and tweets made about the department, about people in the department, our men and women here, 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,” the Attorney General added.
The criticism came out in a time when Barr is facing mounting scrutiny over his role in the fraught decision to publicly disavow prosecutors who had sought a stiff punishment for Stone, a longtime friend of Trump. Trump congratulated Barr for the move in a tweet, provoking an outcry from Democrats who demanded an investigation.
The four career attorneys who had worked on the Stone case and signed off on the original sentencing memorandum each withdrew from the case on Tuesday in an apparent protest.
In the interview, William Barr explained the discrepancy at the heart of the public spat this week over the Stone sentencing and blamed a late-night tweet from the President for creating the environment that evoked outrage from the left.
Barr told he thinks the president would react and respect the criticism of his tweets delivered in the interview.
”I hope he will react”.
After the ABC interview aired, a White House official told that the president is not upset with Barr.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham in a statement: “The President wasn’t bothered by the comments at all and he has the right, just like any American citizen, to publicly offer his opinions. The President has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law.”
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