And there you have it. Proof that this is a big show by Barr or Trump would be going bananas. https://t.co/NHE0jvZzNK
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) February 14, 2020
Courtesy of HuffPo:
Attorney General William Barr on Thursday appeared to stand up to Donald Trump when he complained the president’s “constant background commentary” on Twitter and elsewhere makes it “impossible for me to do my job.”
But news anchors, political pundits, legal analysts, lawmakers, celebrities and others aren’t buying the apparent pushback by Barr, whose tenure as attorney general has been marked by Democratic complaints that he views his job as acting as the president’s personal lawyer.
Critics suggested Barr’s comments to ABC News were simply a coordinated attempt between him and Trump to defuse the outrage sparked by his Department of Justice’s botched sentencing recommendation for Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone, which Trump had fiercely disagreed with.
I think a lot of us were suspicious when we heard Barr’s comments, and that suspicion has only grown as time has passed.
Former RNC chairman Michael Steele did not mince words.
Slow your roll if you think Barr is breaking from Trump. This was a carefully staged message to cool down pissed off DOJ attys whom Barr undercut & to avoid any further internal strife. This message does not get sideways with Trump because he’s already done what Trump wanted. https://t.co/jYWYJFovpO
— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) February 14, 2020
And Trump has essentially given the game away with his tweet in response to Barr’s words:
“The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” A.G. Barr This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2020
I think we all know that if Barr had wandered off the reservation that Trump would be losing his shit right now, and not quoting him favorably on Twitter.
It’s all part of the act folks.
Don’t be fooled.