On Thursday, US Attorney General Bill Barr, exasperated by US President Donald Trump's tweets, accused him of hampering the work of the Justice Department and making his job “impossible.”
In an interview with ABC News, Barr said, “I have a problem with some of the tweets." “I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me," he added.
“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” he said.
The Attorney General is scheduled to testify to Congress next month over allegations that he allegedly overruled his own prosecutors under pressure from Trump and sought a lighter prison sentence for Republican political consultant Roger Stone.
Earlier this week, four Justice Department prosecutors resigned from the case in a form of protest against political interference from Donald Trump.
Trump, on the other hand, has denied allegations saying that his tweets on the issue did not amount to political interference.
When asked whether he had spoken with Trump about recommendations in the Stone case, Barr replied: “Never.”
“I’m happy to say that in fact, the president has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.”
When he was asked if he has prepared for repercussions for speaking out against Trump, Barr replied: “Of course.”
“I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody,” he said, “whether it’s Congress, newspaper editorial boards, or the president, I’m going to do what I think is right.”