Donald Trump concedes his tweets make life hard for Attorney General Bill Barr

President Donald Trump acknowledged his tweets make Attorney General Bill Barr’s job ‘harder’ – even as he defended his right to tweet about ongoing criminal cases like the one involving his longtime advisor Roger Stone. 

‘I do make his job harder, yes, I do agree with that. I think that’s true,’ Trump said Tuesday, speaking just hours after opening up a morning tweet storm despite Barr’s specific admonition for him to back off from criminal cases.

He lauded his under-fire attorney general – who is suffering from an effort to try to press him to resign. 

‘I do make his job harder, yes, I do agree with that, President Trump said of Attorney General Bill Barr

‘He’s a very straight shooter. We have a great attorney general and he’s working very hard. He’s working against a lot of people that don’t want to see good things happen, in my opinion,’ Trump said, casting Barr as an ally against people he deems rogue prosecutors.  ‘That’s my opinion, not his opinion. You’ll have to ask what his opinion is,’ Trump added. 

Trump defended his use of social media, and continues to believe Twitter was key to his election and governing.

‘It gives me a voice,’ he said of his tweets, such as one Tuesday where he decried a ‘WITCH HUNT!’

He hailed Barr’s integrity and defended his right to be involved in cases – on a day he announced a flurry of pardons and commutations, including one for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who got sent to prison for seeking to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat.  

‘I’m allowed to be totally involved,’ Trump said before leaving Washington for a West Coast swing.

‘I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country. But I’ve chosen not to be involved. But he is a man of great integrity. But I could be involved if I wanted to be,’ he said, picking up a line he also used last week amid a furor over his comments about the Stone case.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump fired off a series of tweets backing a new trial for Stone on a day a federal judge held a key status hearing on the case – and called the government’s case ‘tainted.’

Trump’s comments come days after Attorney General Bill Barr issued an extraordinary admonition for Trump to stop tweeting about criminal cases – saying it makes it ‘impossible’ for him to do his job.

Judge Amy Berman last week denied a request by Stone’s lawyers for a new trial, while outside the courtroom the president repeatedly intervened publicly in the case on Stone’s behalf. They filed a separate sealed motion seeking a new trial on Friday. 


President Trump ignored an admonition by his attorney general and tweeted about Roger Stone's case

President Trump ignored an admonition by his attorney general and tweeted about Roger Stone’s case

Trump called the case 'badly tainted'

Trump called the case ‘badly tainted’

Trump tweeted comments by Judge Andrew Napolitano calling for a new trial for his longtime advisor

Trump tweeted comments by Judge Andrew Napolitano calling for a new trial for his longtime advisor

Trump tagged Judge Andrew Napolitano and Fox & Friends

Trump tagged Judge Andrew Napolitano and Fox & Friends

Trump tweeted on a day Judge Amy Berman Jackson was to hold a scheduling conference on Roger Stone's case

Trump tweeted on a day Judge Amy Berman Jackson was to hold a scheduling conference on Roger Stone’s case

Four prosecutors had themselves removed from the case last week, after the government cast aside their request in a motion filed with the court that Stone serve up to nine years in prison. The government changed its position and left it up to the court to decide on jail time following an early morning Tweet by Trump blasting the sentence as excessive.

More than former 2,000 Justice Department officials have signed onto a letter calling for Barr to resign. 

Trump tore into the prosecutors once again Tuesday morning, almost exactly a week after his explosive public commentary on the case.  

‘These were Mueller prosecutors, and the whole Mueller investigation was illegally set up based on a phony and now fully discredited Fake Dossier, lying and forging documents to the FISA Court, and many other things,’ he said, bringing up a series of grievances about the Russia probe. 

President Donald Trump  called the government lawyers on Roger Stone’s case ‘Mueller prosecutors’ and said their work was ‘badly tainted,’ as he tweeted support for his longtime advisor getting a new trial

Prosecutors spun off the Stone case from the Russia investigation, after concluding he lied about his contacts with WikiLeaks during his time as an advisor to Trump’s presidential campaign.  

‘Everything having to do with this fraudulent investigation is … badly tainted and, in my opinion, should be thrown out,’ Trump wrote. ‘Even Mueller’s statement to Congress that he did not see me to become the FBI Director (again), has been proven false. The whole deal was a total SCAM. If I wasn’t President, I’d be suing everyone all over the place…BUT MAYBE I STILL WILL. WITCH HUNT!’

Trump also retweeted supportive comments on his position from Fox commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano – who as it turns out last month said there was ‘ample and uncontradicted’ evidence for Trump’s removal from office. 

Napolitano pointed out that the woman who served as the fore person on the jury has revealed to have run for Congress as a Democrat and had tweeted about the case immediately after Stone’s arrest.


‘Judge Jackson now has a request for a new trial based on the unambiguous & self outed bias of the foreperson of the jury, whose also a lawyer, by the way. ‘Madam foreperson, your a lawyer, you have a duty, an affirmative obligation, to reveal to us when we selected you the…existence of these tweets in which you were so harshly negative about the President & the people who support him.’

Napolitano continued: ‘Don’t you think we wanted to know that before we put you on this jury.’ Pretty obvious he should (get a new trial). I think almost any judge in the Country … would order a new trial, I’m not so sure about Judge Jackson, I don’t know,’ Trump wrote, tagging Napolitano and the Fox & Friends morning show.

Last week, after Trump’s repeated comments about the case, Barr told  told ABC News in an interview: ‘I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.

‘I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me,’ he said. 

The push had no immediate effect. Trump responded Friday morning by noting that Barr had said Trump never asked him to do anything in a criminal case.  

Then he added: ‘This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!’ 

More than 2,000 former Justice Department officials weighed with a letter calling on Barr to resign amid a swirl of developments.

‘Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words. Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign,’ according to the letter. ‘But because we have little expectation he will do so, it falls to the Department’s career officials to take appropriate action to uphold their oaths of office and defend nonpartisan, apolitical justice.’

President Trump responded to Attorney General William Barr's statements by asserting his 'legal right' to intervene in criminal case

President Trump responded to Attorney General William Barr’s statements by asserting his ‘legal right’ to intervene in criminal case