Donald Trump has crowned himself the “chief law enforcement officer of the United States” on the tarmac speaking to reporters. Wrong. The attorney general, in this case, William Barr, is supposed to be the chief law enforcement officer of the US. Yet, he has made himself subservient to Sheriff Trump.
Then, the president also acknowledged that he makes Barr’s job more difficult, referring to Barr’s remarks last week that Trump’s tweets make it “impossible” for him to do his job, according to The Business Insider: The president also said that he has “total confidence” in Barr:
‘I do make his job harder. I do agree with that.’
In his tweet, the president said:
‘I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country.” (The attorney general is the top law enforcement officer of the country.) — Aaron Rupar ‘
TRUMP: “I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country.” (The attorney general is the top law enforcement officer of the country.) pic.twitter.com/5ajK5CkTxB
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 18, 2020
The AG took a wild gamble, because the president has not taken criticism well, especially in public. Barr gave an interview to ABC News and announced his aggrievance. Plus, he stirred up the situation in his exclusive interview. That was when he said that Trump’s tweeting put him in a tough spot. The AG said this about the tweets:
‘I’m going to do what I think is right. And you know … I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me. I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal case, [because they] make it impossible for me to do my job.’
One of the AG’s most recent mistakes was overriding the “sentencing recommendations” for the president’s longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone. He should not have involved himself at that level. The announcement came after Trump tweeted that the initial sentencing recommendation was “horrible” and “unfair” to Stone.
The next day, Trump congratulated Barr for deciding to overrule the prosecutors, all four withdrew from the case, and one quit the department entirely. POTUS tweeted:
‘Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.’
Barr claimed he already decided to go for a lower sentence in Stone’s case, but that was a bit difficult to believe. He emphasized that his primary rseponsibility, which he considers his greatest responsibility, was to keep the DOJ politically free. Interesting.
The AG told ABC News he would handle a case that had “spun totally out of control.”
‘And I have done that, and I will continue to do that.’
The Democrats and many Republicans outside of Congress questioned whether Barr was merely succumbing to Trump’s demands. TheA G had been getting involved in the former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s case, too. At first, Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI and turned state’s evidence. Then, a couple of months ago, Flynn made a complete reversal, firing his attorneys and bringing in Fox News attornies. One of Flynn’s new attornies called it “a miscarriage of justice.”
Not only that, Barr announced he would be working on an “intake process” to filter the information that came from Rudy Giuliani. The president’s attorney and former New York mayor has been digging up dirt on the president’s presidential opponents in Ukraine.
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