Trump Says He Has Right to Intervene After Barr Rebukes Him

Attorney General William Barr

Attorney General William Barr

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Thursday night that President Donald Trump should lay off on tweeting his opinions about criminal cases after Attorney General Bill Barr said it's "impossible" to do his job with Trump's commentary in the background.

Trump's tweet marked his first public response to Barr's televised interview on Thursday in which he said the president's tweets about the Justice Department and pending cases make it hard for him to do his job.

Trump this week thanked and praised Barr for overruling veteran prosecutors who had recommended that Stone - Trump's longtime pal - serve between seven and nine years behind bars on his conviction for lying to Congress and other charges.

Barr added that he wouldn't be pressured by anyone - even the president.

Trump's tweet responded directly to Barr's comment in the interview that the president hasn't attempted to dictate the Justice Department's stance in any criminal matter.

"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 said. "And I have done that and I will continue to do that".

"I think the President will listen to him", McConnell said.

The president's Friday morning tweet raised questions about whether he took Barr's remarks with the equanimity suggested earlier by his spokeswoman.

The ad elaborates that Attorney General William Barr intervened on behalf of the DOJ after Trump stated Tuesday in the Oval Office that Stone's prosecution was "ridiculous" and "horrible".

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