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Politics AG Barr complained privately to President Trump 'for weeks' about tweets, source says

03:20  15 february  2020
03:20  15 february  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans

  Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Marc Short said on Sunday President Trump's tweets are an "effective" way for the president to communicate with American people, pushing back on comments from Attorney General William Barr, who said Trump's tweets about the Justice Department make it "impossible" for him to do his job. "The president has been able to communicate directly with American people through social media," Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence and former White House legislative affairs director, said on CNN's "State on the Union," adding that the American people "love" him for it.

Ahead of Barr complaining about Trump 's tweets , the president complimented the AG originally appeared on abcnews.go.comPresident Donald Trump was complimentary of the attorney general just hours before the airing of Bill Barr 's exclusive interview with ABC News

Trump 's Friday morning tweet came just hours after Attorney General William Barr said in a striking interview with ABC News that the president 's tweets were making it "impossible'' to do his job, especially following the department's bungled handling of the sentencing recommendation for Trump

Before breaking his silence Thursday in an interview with ABC News, Attorney General William Barr complained privately "for weeks" to President Donald Trump about his tweets and public statements related to Justice Department investigations, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Attorney General William Barr, left, and President Donald Trump turn to leave after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington.© Alex Brandon/AP, FILE In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Attorney General William Barr, left, and President Donald Trump turn to leave after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. MORE: Barr blasts Trump's tweets on Stone case: 'Impossible for me to do my job': ABC News Exclusive

Despite those apparent warnings, however, Trump over the past several weeks was unrelenting in his targeting of his various political enemies in speeches and over Twitter like former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former special counsel Robert Mueller.

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.

Barr 's rebuke of Trump 's online conduct came after the president tweeted his displeasure Tuesday with federal prosecutors' seven-to-nine-year Following the president 's criticism, the Justice Department submitted a revised filing that offered no specific term for Stone's sentence, but said a

AG Barr says he won't cave to pressure from Trump despite repeatedly doing what Trump publicly President Donald Trump stands with Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National "I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases," Barr said , because

In fact, Barr sat in the front row during a post-impeachment event at the White House where President Trump rattled off what amounted to an 'enemies' list, fumed that Comey had been "caught... in the act," and suggested he belonged in jail.

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"Had I not fired James Comey, who was a disaster, by the way, it’s possible I wouldn’t even be standing here right now," Trump said. "We caught him in the act. Dirty cops. Bad people. If this happened to President Obama, a lot of people would have been in jail for a long time already. Many, many years."

McConnell: Trump 'ought to listen to' Barr's advice on DOJ tweets

  McConnell: Trump 'ought to listen to' Barr's advice on DOJ tweets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said President Trump should follow Attorney General William Barr's advice after the top Justice Department official said the president's tweeting was making it "impossible" to do his job. Asked during an interview with Fox News's Bret Baier about Barr's comments, McConnell said that "the president should listen to his advice.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr says President Donald Trump 's tweets about the Justice Department, its people, and its cases "make it FILE - Roger Stone, former campaign adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump , arrives for the continuation of his trial on charges of lying to Congress

The tweet comes a day after Barr issued a rebuke of Trump , saying his tweets about Justice Department matters "make it impossible for me to President Donald Trump on Friday insisted that he had the right as president to ask the attorney general to intervene in a criminal case, just a day

It's not clear what Trump meant by his remarks. While the DOJ inspector general has found that Comey violated several of the FBI's ethics rules, the U.S. attorney's office in D.C. declined to prosecute him and he has faced no other charges of criminal wrongdoing.

In his exclusive interview with ABC News Chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas, Barr indicated that the culmination of comments by the president this week surrounding the Stone case were what led him to drag his private criticism into the public sphere -- an unprecedented rebuke for a Cabinet official during Trump's time in office.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: In this May 22, 2019, file photo, President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General William Barr arrive to participate in a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor presentation ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images, FILE In this May 22, 2019, file photo, President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General William Barr arrive to participate in a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor presentation ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

Why AG Bill Barr's Trump 'rebuke' is so hard to take seriously

  Why AG Bill Barr's Trump 'rebuke' is so hard to take seriously For Bill Barr, Trump's tweets about the Justice Department are not themselves the problem. It's the effects of the tweets that are the problem. As Asha Rangappa, a lawyer and former FBI special agent, put it yesterday, "It definitely makes it harder to crime for the President when the President keeps making it obvious that you are criming for him.

"I think it's time [for Trump ] to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases," Barr told ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Attorney General William Barr said Thursday that President Donald Trump should stop tweeting about the Department of Justice, complaining that

Trump 's Friday morning tweet came just hours after Attorney General William Barr said in a striking interview with ABC News that the president 's tweets were making it “impossible” to do his job, especially following the department's bungled handling of the sentencing recommendation for Trump

Specifically, Barr took issue with Trump's attack on U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, whom Trump attacked over Twitter this week for her handling of the sentencing of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

"If you have a case before a judge to be attacking the judge, you know, it is not helpful or productive at all," Barr told ABC News. "And also, you know, I think attacking- for people to attack people here in the department or in the FBI in general terms is unfair."

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The public pressure facing Barr to reassert the DOJ's independence only further escalated following a tweet by Trump congratulating Barr for "taking charge" of the Stone case, just hours after he ordered the reversal of the previous sentencing recommendation put forward by prosecutors of seven to nine years.

"I think I can understand why people are concerned that it could influence the work of the department," Barr said when asked about the tweet.

"He just needed to [speak out] in light of what was happening," the person familiar with Barr's deliberations said.

According to the person, the Justice Department had disclosed to the White House that the interview with ABC News would occur, though they said the White House was not made aware about what Barr would say or his plan to criticize the president until after the interview taped.

Trump maintains online criticism of Stone case, despite AG Barr's plea to stop .
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning, further pushing criticism of the judge in the Roger Stone case, while also bashing the Mueller investigation.In his daily twitter rant, he also complained about the results of the Robert Mueller investigation, which concluded last summer.

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