Bill Barr Rebukes Trump Over Stone Tweets: “Time to stop tweeting about DOJ criminal cases, can’t do my job”

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Bill Barr just broke his silence to ABC and stood up for DOJ independence and reiterated that Trump never asked him to anything wrong before saying Trump needs to stop tweeting about ongoing investigations.

“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr told ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.

Barr defended his actions to ask for a different sentence for Roger Stone and said it had nothing to do with Trump or his tweets. No political influence and he would not allow any Barr made clear.

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“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,” he said.

When asked if he expected blowback from Trump Barr said “of course” but he will always do “what I think is the right thing to do.”

“Yes. Well, I have a problem with some of, some of the tweets.”

“As I said at my confirmation hearing, I think the essential role of the attorney general is to keep law enforcement, the criminal process sacrosanct to make sure there is no political interference in it,” Barr added.

“And I have done that and I will continue to do that and I’m happy to say that, in fact, the president has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.”

“If Trump were to say, ‘Go investigate somebody because’ and you sense it’s because they’re a political opponent, then the attorney general shouldn’t carry that out, wouldn’t carry that out,” Barr said.

“I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody, whether it’s Congress, a newspaper editorial board, or the president,” Barr said.

“I’m gonna 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.”

Bill Barr added, after being asked what he thinks Trump will do when he sees this interview, “I hope he will react.”

“And respect it?” ABC’s Thomas asked.

“Yes,” Barr said.

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