Fox News reports that the White House “wasn’t bothered” by comments made by Attorney General William “Bill” Barr about President Donald Trump’s tweets with regard to Justice Department business.
Barr said in an ABC News interview this week that Trump’s tweets make it “impossible” for him to do his job after Trump tweeted about Barr’s decision to reduce the sentence of convicted Trump associate Roger Stone.
After the tweet, Democrats began calling for Barr to resign, saying that he had allowed Trump to interfere in the case, according to CNBC.
“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr said in the wake of Dems’ allegations. “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody…whether it’s Congress, a newspaper editorial board, or the president.” Barr also said that Trump had never asked him to do anything on a criminal case.
Trump’s “full faith”
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said soon after that Trump “wasn’t bothered” by Barr’s comments. “He has the right, just like any American citizen, to publicly offer his opinions,” Grisham said of the attorney general, according to Fox.
“President Trump uses social media very effectively to fight for the American people against injustices in our country, including the fake news,” she continued. “The [p]resident has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law.”
Sources told Fox News that Barr and Trump are in agreement that Trump and his allies are being unfairly targeted, and it was pointed out that anti-Trump figures like FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe have not been prosecuted even though they admitted lying to government investigators and leaking information illegally.
Still, Democrats are already threatening a second impeachment over the Stone situation. Barr, for his part, has agreed to testify to the House Judiciary Committee next month about his intervention in Stone’s case, according to National Review.
Graham’s “complete confidence”
Echoing Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted in support of Barr on Thursday, saying the attorney general has his “complete confidence” and that Trump’s appointment of Barr was “a great service” to the Justice Department and the “nation as a whole.”
Indeed, it seems the only people upset about Trump’s move are Democrats. But they seem to be forgetting that if he really wanted to, the president could easily just pardon Stone outright.
Instead, Trump is letting the case play out in the Justice Department, where Barr is doing everything he can to make sure justice will be served.
“I’m [going to] do what I think is right,” Barr told ABC in his recent interview. And he’ll do that whether Democrats like it or not.