Barr to Trump: Stop Tweeting About Justice Department

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Attorney General William Barr on Thursday criticized President Donald Trump’s prolific Twitter habit, saying the president’s affinity for opining about the goings-on at the Justice Department “make it impossible for me to do my job,” Politico reports. “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr told ABC News’ Pierre Thomas, acknowledging he had a problem with “some” of Trump’s tweets. The attorney general‘s public distancing from Trump’s complaints comes as both men have faced fierce blowback over the handling of a court case featuring Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone. Trump lashed out at career prosecutors after they recommended up to nine years in prison for Stone in a case involving Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, prompting the Justice Department to walk back its recommendation and causing four prosecutors to withdraw from the case in protest.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for the Justice Department’s independent watchdog to look into the issue. In Stone’s case, Barr confirmed that he’d personally intervened to walk back the stiff sentencing recommendation. He said his decision was made hours before Trump tweeted in the middle of the night. “Once the tweet occurred, the question is, well, now what do I do?“ Barr said. “Do you go forward with what you think is the right decision or do you pull back because of the tweet? And that just sort of illustrates how disruptive these tweets can be.” A source said Barr has “talked to the president a number of times and told him he was getting frustrated with these statements and it was making it challenging for him to work.”

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