The United States attorney general, William Barr, has asked the president, Donald Trump, on Thursday to stop tweeting about cases and open investigations since this makes it “impossible” to do his job.
In an interview with the ABC television network, Barr said that the leader’s online comments prevent him from doing his job correctly. “I cannot do my job here in the Department of Justice if there is a constant flow of comments behind cutting my room for maneuver,” he said.
“That there are comments and tweets about the Department, the people who work in it and the cases that are pending make it impossible to ensure that the courts and prosecutors carry out their work with integrity,” he lamented.
Barr’s words have taken place after days of growing scrutiny about his role in the tense decision to publicly reject prosecutors seeking harsh penalties for Republican political strategist Roger Stone, one of Trump’s closest allies and who was convicted of lie to Congress and manipulate witnesses, among other charges.
“I will not let anyone influence me,” Barr said in relation to “Congress, newspaper publishers or the president himself.” “I will do what I think is right,” he said.
Critical voices accuse Barr of acting as the president’s lawyer instead of as an impartial member of the judicial system.