Attorney General Bill Barr told “people close to President Donald Trump” that he is considering resigning over Trump’s tweets about Justice Department investigations, “three administration officials” told The Washington Post.
The report comes after Barr told ABC News that Trump’s tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job” after intervening in the sentencing recommendation for longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone.
“He has his limits,” one official told The Post, as Trump continued tweeting about investigations.
“Trump, White House officials said, is not entirely receptive to calls to change his behavior, and he has told those around him he is not going to stop tweeting about the Justice Department,” The Post reported. “They said Trump considers highlighting what he sees as misconduct at the FBI and Justice Department as a good political message.”
DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec denied the report.
“Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign,” she tweeted.
Barr said Trump should stop tweeting:
The report comes after Barr told ABC News that he has a “problem” with “some of the tweets.”
“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 the prosecutors in the department that we're doing our work with integrity," he said.
"I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me," he added.
People aren’t buying it:
“I’ve gotten emails from Nigerian princes that are more believable than this,” said CREW’s Robert Maguire.
Trump does not appear deterred either.
"I do make his job harder. I do agree with that,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday.
But he added that he himself is the “chief law enforcement officer of the United States,” contradicting the US Constitution.