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Politics Trump says his 'life would've been a lot easier' if he picked Barr over Sessions

06:15  14 february  2020
06:15  14 february  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Since becoming attorney general, William P. Barr has been one of President Trump ’s most trusted The optics only worsened when Mr. Trump congratulated Mr. Barr for his decision to step in and Mr. Trump soured on Mr. Sessions after he recused himself from oversight of the Russia investigation.

William "Bill" Barr , a former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, is emerging as a consensus candidate to succeed Jeff Sessions A third source familiar with the process said if Trump offered the position to Barr , he would be willing to accept. Trump 's consideration of a new attorney

President Trump said Thursday that his "life would've been a lot easier" if he chose William Barr as his attorney general originally, instead of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump says his 'life would've been a lot easier' if he picked Barr over Sessions© Getty Images Trump says his 'life would've been a lot easier' if he picked Barr over Sessions

Geraldo Rivera asked Trump on his podcast "Roadkill" what his life would have been like if he chose Barr first.

"My life would've been a lot easier, but I might have been less popular," Trump told Rivera.

"Because they say they like that that I fought it," he added, referencing his supporters. "They like that I won. They like that my base is much more energized."

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Mr. Trump never said he would order the Justice Department to fire Mr. Mueller, nor would he outline circumstances under which he might do so. But he left open the possibility as he expressed deep grievance over an investigation that has taken a political toll in the six months since he took office.

President Trump returned to the White House from his Florida resort after Attorney General William P. Barr delivered a summary of the findings in the “So after a long look, after a long investigation, after so many people have been so badly hurt, after not looking at the other side, where a lot of bad things

Sessions, the former senator from Alabama, had been the first member of Congress at the time to support the president in the 2016 race. Following Trump's victory in the general election, he appointed Sessions as attorney general.

However, Trump and Sessions's relationship eventually soured after the former attorney general decided to recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Trump maintains he can intervene in cases after Barr urges him to stop tweeting about DOJ

  Trump maintains he can intervene in cases after Barr urges him to stop tweeting about DOJ President Trump asserted he has "the legal right" to insert himself into the DOJ's handling of criminal cases one day after Attorney General William Barr's interview.President Trump on Friday asserted he has "the legal right" to insert himself into the Justice Department's handling of criminal cases one day after Attorney General William Barr said the president's tweets were making his job more difficult.

Donald Trump was not angered or offended by Attorney General William Barr offering the most scathing rebuke of his presidency from any sitting Cabinet member since he took President Trump (left) is keeping William Barr as attorney general even after his hand- picked AG blasted his tweets.

President Trump said he never would have picked Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he 'd known he would recuse himself in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian meddling. In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times Wednesday, Mr. Trump also accused fired FBI Director

After that, Trump openly attacked Sessions on Twitter until he was fired a day after the 2018 midterm elections.

The president says these events may have energized his supporters.

"Let's assume none of this stuff happened, that we had a nice, boring presidency, right?" Trump said. "I don't think I'd have nearly the energy in the Republican Party that we have right now."

Trump described Barr as a "very good man doing a very good job" in the podcast.

Trump's comments on the podcast came before Barr appeared on ABC News on Thursday evening and advised the president to refrain from tweeting about the Justice Department, adding that it makes it "impossible for me to do my job."

Earlier this week, Trump praised the attorney general for having the Justice Department request a reduced sentence for Roger Stone, after prosecutors recommended a seven-to-nine year sentence for lying to Congress and obstructing the Russian investigation.

Trump says he has 'total confidence' in Barr .
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