It was just reported four hours ago that Attorney General William Barr has told some President Trump allies in recent days that if the president doesn’t quit tweeting about certain criminal cases, Barr may quit his job as head of the Department of Justice.
This has especially to do with the Roger Stone case. Stone is that goofy guy with the huge Nixon tattoo on his back who has been charged with involvement in the Wiki Leaks regarding Hilary Clinton’s email server. Stone was found guilty by jury of multiple wrongdoing, including witness tampering. The federal prosecutors in this case recommended that Stone be imprisoned from five to seven years according to guidelines. Trump has been tweeting many times, alleging it was “a miscarriage of justice.” Stone, an admitted “dirty trickster,” has been Trump’s close friend for decades. The judge rules Thursday on it.
Five days ago, AG Barr told ABC News that Trump’s tweets about such things make his job “impossible.” He explained, “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody….whether it’s Congress, newspaper editorial boards, or the president,” referring to President Trump’s recent tweets about criminal cases affecting Trump’s aides such as Roger Stone. Barr added concerning Trump’s tweets, “I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.”
Barr also said to ABC News, “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.”
But does this make an easy way for Barr to save face, if not avoid prison himself, by merely blaming Trump. IMO, both of them are guilty of wrongdoing. Barr’s started soon after he took this job by misrepresenting the 480-page Mueller report about possible Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election and Trump obstructing justice. Barr adopts the unitary executive theory of the office of president based on his interpretation of Article Two of the U.S. Constitution. It is the viewpoint that the president cannot commit a crime while in office, which most people would call being “above the law.” Barr had written a 19-page document about it, and that must have had a lot to do with Trump giving him the job.
Just one more crazy development involving this president and his the chaos of his revolving cabinet.