(UnitedVoice.com) – On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) backed-up Attorney General William Barr’s rebuke of President Trump’s tweeting about Department of Justice (DOJ) cases.
Earlier this week, Trump was critical of prosecutors on Twitter for recommending a harsh seven to nine-year prison sentence for Republican political adviser Roger Stone. The next day, senior leaders at the DOJ intervened and lowered the recommendation. Within hours, the four prosecutors on the case resigned.
This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
On Wednesday, Trump praised the attorney general on Twitter for “taking charge” and fixing the problem — even though Barr never said anything publicly about the recommendation.
Barr Rebukes Trump Tweets
On Thursday, Barr told ABC News that Trump has never requested he do anything in a criminal case.
The attorney general acknowledged that he was surprised by the harsh recommendation by prosecutors, saying it was not consistent with previous discussions nor fair and reasonable. On Wednesday night, he informed his staff they had to lower the recommendation in the morning.
However, Barr did say that Trump should stop tweeting about Justice Department cases because the tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.”
When asked if Trump’s tweets were a problem, Barr said “yes.” He went on to say that his grievance was with Trump’s tweets directed at the DOJ and that his role is to ensure that there is no political interference in criminal cases. When Trump tweets about the DOJ, it gives the impression the White House is involved in cases for personal or political reasons.
It was an unusual rebuke from the Attorney General who has helped fulfill the Trump agenda in the Department of Justice and is a fierce defender of the president.
Barr went on to say that he was prepared for any consequences that may come from criticizing Trump. His top priorities, he said, are to run the Justice Department and do the right thing.
Barr also said the “constant background commentary undercuts” the DOJ’s integrity with the courts and prosecutors within the department.
“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.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 13, 2020
McConnell Backs Barr
On Fox News’s Bret Baier show on Thursday night, McConnell was asked about Barr’s comments. His response was straight forward as he praised Trump for making a great choice in picking Barr as attorney general and that “the president should listen to his advice.”
When asked if Trump’s tweet was inappropriate about the Roger Stone recommendation, McConnell refused to express his opinion. Instead, he turned the focus back to the attorney general and emphasized several times that Trump should listen to what Barr was saying.
Trump Express Support
During an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s podcast on Thursday, Trump said his life would have been easier if he had chosen Barr over former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump said that Barr is a good man and is doing a “very good job.”
A statement released by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said that the president wasn’t “bothered” by the attorney general’s comments and that Barr had a right to share his opinions.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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