Barr says he won't be "bullied" by Trump's tweets2020|03:18
In an extraordinary break with U.S. President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr on Thursday said Trump should stop tweeting about Justice Department cases and that he would not be “bullied” by anyone. Barr was referring specifically to Trump's tweet about his convicted friend and adviser Roger Stone, in which the president chastised Justice Department prosecutors for recommending Stone be sentenced to up to nine years in prison. In an interview with ABC News Thursday, Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement officer, said that Trump’s tweets, “make it impossible for me to do my job....” adding, “I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody... whether it’s Congress, a newspaper editorial board or the president. I’m gonna do what I think is right.... I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me." After Trump's tweets, the DOJ overruled its own lawyers and withdrew the sentencing recommendation, leading prosecutors to resign from the case in protest.