Barr Reportedly ‘Considering Quitting’ Over Trump’s Tweets About DOJ Cases


The Washington Post tonight broke news that Attorney General Bill Barr is considering quitting over President Donald Trump’s continued tweets about DOJ cases.

You’ll recall that last week, Barr said on TV that Trump’s tweeting makes it impossible for him to do his job. Now, per WaPo, he really is frustrated:

Attorney General William P. Barr has told people close to President Trump — both inside and outside the White House — that he is considering quitting over Trump’s tweets about Justice Department investigations, three administration officials said, foreshadowing a possible confrontation between the president and his attorney general over the independence of the Justice Department…

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.

“He has his limits,” said one person familiar with Barr’s thinking, speaking on the condition of anonymity, like others, to discuss internal deliberations.

Following the Post’s report, other news outlets started to report the same about Barr.

Last week there was a fair amount of skepticism after Barr distanced himself from Trump’s tweets. Barr may very well be frustrated by the president continuing to tweet but there’s skepticism of tonight’s reporting too:

UPDATE — 10:43 pm ET: And scene:

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