Barr Says The President's Tweets Make His Job 'Impossible'

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Barr Says The President's Tweets Make His Job 'Impossible'
In an interview with ABC, William Barr said, "I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me."
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Attorney General William Barr says President Trump's Twitter commentary is making his job "impossible." 

In an interview with ABC, Barr said, "It's time to stop tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases." He added: "I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me." 

Barr's comments come after President Trump complained on Twitter about prosecutors' initial prison sentence recommendation for Roger Stone.  

Following the president's remarks, all four federal prosecutors in Stone's case withdrew from the proceeding after the Justice Department took issue with their sentencing recommendation. The DOJ is arguing in a new filing that the initial recommendation of seven to nine years in prison "could be considered excessive and unwarranted" and that Stone should receive "far less" prison time than prosecutors recommended, but that it would leave the decision up to the court. 

Barr told ABC the president's commentary on Stone's case places the Justice Department in a position that may lead some to question its identity of being independent.

Barr told ABC, "I'm not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody ... whether it's Congress, newspaper editorial boards or the president." 

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham reportedly said the president "wasn't bothered" by Barr's comments.  

 

Barr has agreed to testify in March before the House Judiciary Committee, where he is expected to be questioned on the sentencing of Roger Stone. 

Contains footage from CNN.