William Barr’s days as attorney general may be numbered, and that’s not just because Joe Biden might become president.
President Donald Trump, in a recent interview, refused to make a definitive statement about Barr’s future, instead only saying, “I’m not happy.”
Did you see that coming?
The interview in which President Trump participated was with Newsmax TV, and it aired on “Greg Kelly Reports” on Wednesday night.
One of the questions that the president was asked was, if reelected, would he keep Barr as attorney general for his second term.
“I have no comment. Can’t comment on that. It’s too early,” Trump said. “I’m not happy with all the evidence I have, I can tell you that. I’m not happy.”
Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and thus Barr-led investigation into unmasking requests made by the Obama administration found no wrongdoing.
“Unmasking” is when a U.S. citizen whose name was blacked out in government documents is named, or “unmasked.” President Trump has claimed that former President Barack Obama illegally used this unmasking power to reveal the names of people that were part of his 2016 presidential campaign.
This particular investigation was being led by U.S. Attorney John Bash, who was working under U.S. Attorney John Durham the head of the investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion investigation. Bash concluded that there was no wrongdoing, at least with regard to unmasking, by Obama and his administration.
President Trump was responding to this news in the Newsmax interview. “Personally, I think it’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. It’s a disgrace,” he said.
“I had to go through elections with all those clouds over my head,” Trump continued. “But they don’t because the Republicans are so nice. Personally, I think it’s too bad. I think it’s too bad, they’re guilty as hell.”
Last week, during an interview with Fox News, President Trump said that Barr would be either “the greatest attorney general in the history of our country” or “an average guy.”
At the moment, Trump is probably starting to think that Barr falls into the latter category. But, whether or not Barr keeps his job will probably depend on two things: the outcome of the election, i.e. whether Trump gets reelected, and the results of the investigation being led by Durham.