Attorney General William Barr, in an interview that aired Thursday, publicly rebuked President Donald Trump, saying that his tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.”
Barr also maintained his impartiality and stressed that Trump has “never” asked him “to do anything in a criminal case.”
On the same day as the interview, The New York Times published an article about the Justice Department’s probe into intelligence agencies over the probe into Russia’s 2016 election interference.
The report claims that US District Attorney John Durham, who was appointed by Barr to look into the origins of the Russia probe, appeared to be pursuing a theory that the CIA was hiding information from other intelligence agencies.
Former CIA Director John Brennan appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Thursday and dismissed Durham’s investigation as “kind of silly,” but said it adds fuel to criticism that Trump is using the department to go after his perceived political opponents.
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In an interview that aired on ABC News on Thursday, Attorney General William Barr spoke out against President Donald Trump and his recent tweets aimed at the Department of Justice.
“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr said, because they “make it impossible for me to do my job.”
“I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody … whether it’s Congress, a newspaper editorial board, or the president,” Barr added. “I’m going to do what I think is right. And you know … I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.”
In his interview, Barr maintained his impartiality and stressed that Trump has “never” asked him “to do anything in a criminal case.”
On the same day, The New York Times published a report about the DOJ’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. Barr appointed US District Attorney John Durham to lead the probe. According to The Times, Durham has been investigating the CIA over its assessment that Russia wanted to help Trump win the 2016 election.
Sources told The Times the investigation looked into whether members of the CIA were trying to prevent other agencies from seeing highly-sensitive secrets about their investigation. According to The Times, national security officials have told Durham that the intelligence community is typically reserved about sharing classified information, even with other agencies.
Trump has publicly slammed the CIA and its officials, including former director John Brennan, in an effort to push the narrative that there is a collective of US officials conspiring against him.
Brennan on Thursday appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” and dismissed the DOJ investigation as “kind of silly,” but said it adds fuel to criticism that Trump is using the department to go after his perceived political opponents.
“Is there a criminal investigation now on analytic judgments and the activities of CIA in terms of trying to protect our national security?” he …read more
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