“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
Courtesy of ABC News:
In an exclusive interview, Attorney General Bill Barr told ABC News on Thursday that President Donald Trump “has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case” but should stop tweeting about the Justice Department because his tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.”
Barr’s comments are a rare break with a president who the attorney general has aligned himself with and fiercely defended. But it also puts Barr in line with many of Trump’s supporters on Capitol Hill who say they support the president but wish he’d cut back on his tweets.
“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr told ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.
When asked if he was prepared for the consequences of criticizing the president – his boss – Barr said “of course” because his job is to run the Justice Department and make decisions on “what I think is the right thing to do.”
The first question to ask is where in the hell was Bill Barr when those prosecutors in the Roger Stone case needed him to back them up and instead were forced to resign in protest?
This is nothing more than Barr covering his own ass after being outed as Trump’s flunky who has abdicated his responsibilities to this country.
It could be that this, and his decision to testify before Congress, might suggest that Trump is about to watch another former associate decide that the can no longer be a party to the destruction of this great nation, and now start telling the truth.
That would be awesome.
However this is Bill Barr, who has appeared not just complicit, but eagerly complicit, in making many of Trump’s most egregious impulses a reality.
So I just don’t trust him.
I would love for him to prove me wrong, but let’s see how this plays out shall we?