On Thursday, Barr took the unusual step of going on TV to complain that President Donald Trump’s tweeting about Roger Stone’s sentence and other Justice Department matters makes it “impossible for me to do my job.”
Of course, Trump isn’t bothered by Barr’s comments because it’s all a carefully staged criticism.
As noted by Politico, this “benign response from the White House prompted speculation from some quarters that Barr‘s message was aimed more at calming the furor at the Justice Department over the episode than actually scolding Trump,” Politico reports.
However, not all of Trump’s allies responded so benignly.
“I am so disappointed in Bill Barr,” Fox Business host Lou Dobbs exclaimed Thursday night. Barr’s job is to stomp out “the deep state,” not join it, he said. “I don’t want to hear any crap about an independent Justice Department. This Justice Department, as does every one, works for the president.”
Lou Dobbs attacks Bill Barr, suggests he’s part of the “deep state,” calls the Justice Department “rancid, corrupt”
Lou Dobbs attacks Bill Barr, suggests he’s part of the “deep state,” calls the Justice Department “rancid, corrupt” pic.twitter.com/PzjnieGrlK
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