Attorney General William Barr, through his spokesperson at the Department of Justice, mentioned late on Tuesday evening that he doesn’t have any intentions to resign from the department.
Barr representative Kerri Kupec published on Twitter: “Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign.”
Barr’s reply came after CNN, The Washington Post, and the Associated Press reported on Tuesday evening that Barr had privately told those close to him that he has been thinking of laying off due to President Donald Trump’s tweets with regards to Justice Department matters.
The Washington Post reported:
The administration officials said Barr seemed to be sharing his position with advisers in hopes the president would get the message that he should stop weighing in publicly on the Justice Department’s ongoing criminal investigations.
Barr had a previously scheduled lunch with the White House counsel Tuesday and was still the attorney general by day’s end — indicating that the president’s moves that day were not enough to push him to resign.
Barr advised ABC News last week that Trump’s tweets had been very “disruptive” to the department, stating, “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.”
“And I’m happy to say that the president has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case,” Barr stated. “However, to have public statements and tweets made about the department, about our people in the department, our men and women here, about cases pending in the department, and about judges before whom we have cases, make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and”
I am liable for everything that happens in the department. However, the matter I have most accountability for would be the problems that tend to be brought to me for the decision,” Barr added. “And I will make those decisions based on what I think is the right thing to do, and I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody. And I said whether it’s Congress, newspaper editorial boards, or the president. I’m going to do what I think is right. And, you know, the, I think the — I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.”
While talking to reporters on Tuesday, Trump acknowledged that his tweets do make it more difficult for Barr to do his occupation.
“Yeah, I do make his job harder,” Trump told reporters. “I do agree with that. I think that’s true. He’s a very straight shooter. We have a great Attorney General, and he’s working very hard. And he’s working against a lot of people that don’t want to see good things happen, in my opinion.”
“But I will say this: Social media, for me, has been very important because it gives me a voice because I don’t get that voice in the press,” Trump stated. “In the media, I don’t get that voice. So I’m allowed to have a voice.”