In an exclusive interview with Pierre Thomas of ABC News, Attorney General William Barr said he will not be "bullied" by President Trump or anyone else.
Barr also indicated that the president's commentary, often delivered via Twitter, makes it "impossible" for Barr to do his job.
To have public statements and tweets made about the Department (of Justice), about people in the Department, or 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 to assure the courts and the prosecutors and the Department that we’re doing our work with integrity… I cannot do my job at the department with the constant background commentary that undercuts me.William Barr, U.S. Attorney General
Listen to the interview by clicking the video below:
Slave Nation says
Bill Barr needs to go!
Trump chose him because he just doesn't know who to take advice from and he doesn't know who to take advice from because he doesn't have firmly developed principles.
OH my gosh! The greatest AG ever. You are blind or lying or an Obumma holdover.
Jason Wittmann says
I agree Barr was horrible Choice. Remember Ruby Ridge?
Trump will cut a deal on anything even our rights. I
I couldn't disagree more. Barr is the man for the job. When the dems fear someone like they fear Barr, I'm assured that Trump appointed the right man. Dems praised Barr at first, but now are afraid Barr is going to expose them, so they're attacking him. Their attacks are a very good endorsement of Barr.
Doug Debber says
There is the strong possibiltiy that Barr did this on purpose. Trump can take the hit and this strengthens Barr with regard to his critics.
J kannenoshn says
Frankly you do not know what you are talking about. Barr is extremely prinlcpaled and is a strong defender of the office of the presidency not necessarily the person in office at this time. Now if you want to talk about an unprincipled AG the one you should look at is Eric Holder who called himself Obamas wingman. Only AG to ever be held in contempt by congress.
JOHN SIMMONS says
Maybe you should read the brief story or at least watch the video before you open your pie hole and let nonsense spill out.
You obviously don't know the man. Neither do I. Looking at the AG's job description, however, I believe he's doing exactly what he was hired to do.
James Lee says
There’s another miscarriage of justice I wish you’d look into. Former Oklahoma City police Daniel Holzclaw falsely convicted multiple felony sentenced to 263 years, he’s white half Japanese I don’t think he’d get horny to sexually assault filthy looking black whores, his case appealed to U.S. Supreme Court, I pray they’ll hear it.
Bob Harris says
While I can understand,and even agree with the President's comments in general,sometimes he needs to check himself. Impulse control! I AM a Trump supporter,but we all have room to improve.
I agree with what AG Barr ha to say. He must be perceived as loyal to the law,let the chips fall where they may.
AG Barr carries the weight of years investigating corruption. His investigations are key to holding a lot of corrupt people accountable. We,including the President,must not compromise him. The wheels of Justice turn slowly. Let AG Barr finish the job.
And of course! People like Schumer are afraid. They want AG Barr gone.
Lets not let that happen.
When the sentence is out of line (it was) Barr took isue with it. He's got every right and he did it without input of Trump. Trump's words came later but it did look like timing was pretty stupid. Trump has some very good people working for the country. He needs to stop stepping on his own nutsack and go be president. Let good people do their jobs.
pv beveren says
like Comey, Strozk, Page, Ohr,. Atkinson, Brennan, Clapper, etc.?
Bill S says
I think it was planned and coordinated. This creates separation between Barr and President Trump so that when the hammer comes down on the deep state conspirators, Barr is perceived as less partisan.
Maria Romanetti says
Quite possible. Did you see how the Leftist media suddenly decided they loved Bill Barr when he took Trump to task?
At the same time, I have to say, Barr just needs to suck it up. This is America, Bill--free speech and all that. People, including the pres, have the right to publicly express their opinions on high-profile legal cases. The media sure as hell won't hold their tongues, why should he?
Barr has the tiller but Trump has the conn. Yes Trump is making Barr's job harder, but his job will be impossible without political support and Trump's job is to make sure that stays high. Steering into the wind is a tricky and difficult task, but Trump has been doing it. His methods may be unorthodox but it is hard to argue with success. He seems to have an uncanny and unerring feel for politics. Barr is just going to have to hang on to the tiller and go where ordered.
pv beveren says
Barr doesn't need to reform the DOJ and continue pursuing the ongoing cases, most are fabricated to enable the biased removal attempt of Trump. Barr needs to PURGE the DOJ of corruption, business as usual does not restore the confidence of the American people.
Remember when AG Eric Holder called himself "Obama's wingman?" He was also the first AG to be held in contempt of Congress for not handing over files of the bungled Fast & Furious gun tracking that got many killed, including Americans.
AG Barr appears to be working for America's interest to uphold our Constitution & laws. It seems to me his biggest challenge is returning to equal justice under the law. The deep state is real & is holding on to its power in any way it can. We have a problem also of all these men & women knowing each other like a "brotherhood" & shying away from holding each other accountable, therefore the abuse marches on. As for the tweets? Not sure if it helps or not. It does give Americans a window on what is happening in DC. That part I like.