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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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.


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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.

The standoff between Trump and Barr intensified Tuesday, when Trump declared in a string of early morning tweets that he might sue those involved in the special counsel's investigation into his 2016 campaign and suggested that Roger Stone, his friend convicted of lying to Congress in that probe, deserved a new trial.

Just hours later, a Justice Department official revealed that prosecutors had filed a sealed motion in court arguing the opposite, and they had Barr's personal approval to do so.

This is Barr's 11th hour attempt to keep the entire DOJ bureaucracy from blowing up if Trump doesn't stop blatantly and ignorantly flouting law and the very Constitution's charge of faithfully executing the law. They are not all a gang of Trump supporters who can blindly ignore reality and the fact is that they do their jobs as apolitically as possible because that's what their oath demands and what they swear to do.

The US Justice Department and the federal judiciary all understand that no President can operate above the law nor has the power to render laws and their meanings optional or void simply at his whim or desire, including his own personal feelings.

These people deal in facts and evidence. Regardless of how many times this President claims that these very bureaucrats perpetrated a hoax personally against him, minimizing his own complicity in a Russian counterintelligence operation that unprovably but probably assisted his election, the more they deal with this POTUS labeling the investigators of his gang's crimes 'criminals' themselves for seeing evidence and following it directly to Trump Tower's front door and inner offices. There was no hoax, they did their jobs but were unable to render justice.

There will come a point where the majority will actually break. Guess we'll see.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-02-18 10:07 PM | Reply

Bloomberg is a transphobic bigot too.

#2 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-02-18 10:33 PM | Reply

Barr should know better than to make private threats. They don't remain private very long.

That only means Trump will stupidly double down to test Barr to his limits.

Now I'm wondering if Barr (the smarter of the two) is deliberately giving himself an exit ramp before he catches all the blame and Trump skates free.

This shouldn't take long. One of them has to break . . . or eat crow.

#3 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-18 11:34 PM | Reply

But, wait!:

DOJ pushes back at reports Barr considered quitting over Trump tweets

The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday night at multiple reports claiming Attorney General Bill Barr told people close to him he's considering stepping down over President Trump's tweets, days after Barr admitted that Trump's tweeting made it "'impossible for me to do my job."

"Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign," DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted.


#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-18 11:42 PM | Reply

Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign,

He never did.

The Trump Administration is very successful at starting conspiracies. Which deplorables repeat nonstop.

Pretty sure once Trump saw how successful he was with Birtherism he figured out how to control the Republican Party.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-19 12:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just quit already, you SOB.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-19 07:41 AM | Reply

The Attorney General has no plans to resign," DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted.

Potential non-denial denial. The reporting NEVER SAID that Barr "had plans to resign". The reporting states that Barr is "considering quitting", two completely separate things. Planning is not analogous to considering. Considering denotes a thinking phase while planning denotes an acting phase.

I still believe that this multi-sourced rumor is a sop to the DOJ personnel who are enraged at Trump's blatant disregard for equal justice under the law and his belief that his own personal feelings are an adequate predicate for both criticizing and overturning the work and investigations of professional DOJ employees acting without provable bias.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-02-19 07:47 AM | Reply

I can see him quitting but not until after Durham has wrapped up his criminal investigation.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-19 08:11 AM | Reply

"Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign," DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted.

Of course they would say that.

How many times now has somebody left this administration and denied "rumors" of their departure that were leaked to the news?

More than a few.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-19 08:50 AM | Reply

If Barr quits and squeals to the media about the inner workings of Trumps "Justice Dept." It will seriouly harm the schittstain politically, possibly fatally.
If Trump pisses Barr off enough,he may just go "Bolton" on him.LOL.

#10 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-02-19 10:34 AM | Reply

Actions not words Billy boy.

#11 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-02-19 10:36 AM | Reply

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