Attorney General William Barr has said on February 14 that US President Donald Trump's tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and open cases make it impossible for him to do his job. Barr commented in an interview to a media outlet just days after his Justice Department overruled its own prosecutors. White House Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Trump does not care the comments at all and he has the right to publicly offer his opinions.
“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
Barr spoke out after President Trump renewed his attack on the criminal trial of his ex-adviser, Roger Stone. The prosecutors demanded Stone serve a stiff sentence, to which Trump tweeted that it was unfair. Trump did not pay any attention to the Attorney General's plea to stop tweeting on Friday morning.
It is still not clear whether the US President has the authority to direct the Attorney General to open or shut a case. The Justice Department operates without any political intervention since the 1970 Watergate Scandal, according to the reports.
Rather than serving the American people by enforcing the rule of law, Attorney General Barr is nothing more than a sniveling lapdog to the President. When Trump says speak, Barr goes “BARK!” When Trump says roll over, Barr turns over on the ground to show his belly for a scratch.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) February 14, 2020
Trump has previously urged for an investigation into his perceived enemies such as former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe's lawyers announced the justice department has shut its criminal enquiry into whether their client had lied to investigators about leaks to the media on Friday. As per the international media reports, Barr had appointed foreign prosecutors to review the case against another Trump ally, Michael Flynn.
(With Agency Inputs)