Attorney General Bill Barr appeared to express frustration with President Donald Trump on Thursday for interfering with the Department of Justice. The problem is that no one bought it for a second and proceeded to bury him in mockery.
Trump sent out a tweet earlier this week complaining about the sentencing recommendation against Roger Stone. Not long after that, Barr and his lieutenants denounced the recommendation and all four federal prosecutors working the case resigned from it in protest. Outrage has ensued ever since over this apparent intervention on Stone’s behalf to subvert justice.
Their scheme to strangle the rule of law and use the DOJ as a political weapon being outed, Barr appeared on ABC News and seemed to complain about Trump’s tweets and lamented that his job is made more difficult by them.
“I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody… whether it’s Congress, a newspaper editorial board, or the president…I’m gonna do what I think is right,” Barr said. “And you know…I cannot do my job here at the [DOJ] with a constant background commentary that undercuts me. 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.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Keep your eye on the ball – Bill Barr’s purported reasoning is nothing more than a shell game to deceive the public.
— Publius (@ThePubliusUSA) February 13, 2020
As multiple Twitter users pointed out, Barr was putting on the show in an attempt to distract the public and the media. It should also be noted that Trump did not lash out at Barr as he has against others who have criticized him. After all, he has just spent the last week retaliating against anyone who testified against him and threw a fit after former chief of staff John Kelly criticized him.
Shorter Bill Barr:
I stand by intervening to help a convicted Trump adviser, but I wish Trump did not admit what we are doing on Twitter
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) February 13, 2020
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) February 13, 2020
Barr is upset that Trump isnt allowing him to crime covertly
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) February 13, 2020
Because one thing we know about the president is he lets public rebukes slide right off his shoulder https://t.co/4dN53MFJij
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 13, 2020
Oh, please. Bill Barr pretending to be upset by Trump issuing public commands for interference in investigations is just a transparently unconvincing way of denying that he’s taking those orders directly from Trump. https://t.co/515vYPJTW9
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 13, 2020
Here’s how you know AG Barr is lying. He is not being escorted out of the DOJ as we speak. People have been fired for less. Ergo, this is a con job.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) February 13, 2020
Barr: I had already decided to do the corrupt act undermining my career prosecutors when the president tweeted and embarrassed me. He is making it difficult for me to carry out his bidding by publicizing my corruption.
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) February 13, 2020
So Barr says Trump’s tweets make it ‘impossible for me to do my job?” As in his job of letting the President undermine the rule of law?
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) February 14, 2020
Former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance wrote that Barr should resign if he really opposes interference with the DOJ.
Our justice system can only work if citizens have confidence in it. The nation has lost confidence in Barr’s leadership at DOJ. If Barr cared about DOJ, he would resign in order to protect the institution he says he cares about. That he doesn’t tells us all we need to know.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) February 13, 2020
Trump isn’t fuming and Barr isn’t resigning, so the only conclusion to make is that Barr’s remarks are a ruse to distract people from seeing what is happening right before their eyes. Trump and Barr are orchestrating the overthrow of the rule of law.
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