The White House responded to criticism from Attorney General William Barr on Feb. 13 after he said that President Trump was making it “impossible” for him to do his job by constantly tweeting about the Department of Justice criminal cases.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement shared on Twitter by ABC that the president had not lost confidence in the attorney general and wasnt phased by the comments he made.
“The president wasnt bothered by the comments at all and he has the right, just like any American citizen, to publicly offer his opinions,” Grisham said.
“President Trump uses social media very effectively to fight for the American people against injustices in our country, including the fake news. The president has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law.”
The remarks from the Trump administration come after Barr gave an interview with ABC News on Thursday in which he said, “I think its time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.”
Barr made the comments after President Trump tweeted multiple times this week about the harsh sentencing recommendations that federal prosecutors were seeking against his former campaign aide, Roger Stone.
Prosecutors had asked a judge to sentence Stone to between seven and nine years in jail after he was found guilty last year on seven counts of obstructing a congressional investigation, making numerous false statements to Congress, and witness tampering during the Russia investigation.
Among numerous tweets referencing the sentencing, Trump wrote: “This is a horrible and unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice.”
The Department of Justice ultimately overruled the prosecutors who had made the harsher sentencing recommendation, however the department said that the decision to overrule the sentencing recommendation was made before Trumps tweets.