Trump 'wasn't bothered' by Barr criticism of tweets


President Trump was not upset about Attorney General William Barr condemning his tweets, according to the White House.

“The president wasn't bothered by the comments at all and he has the right, just like any American citizen to publicly offer his opinions,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement Thursday. “The president has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law.”

Barr said earlier in the day that Trump’s constant public commentary on the Justice Department makes “it impossible for me to do my job” and claimed that his work would remain independent from the president’s political desires.

“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," Barr told ABC News.

Barr’s gripes about Trump followed the president criticizing prosecutors' initial seven-to-nine-year sentencing recommendation for his longtime ally Roger Stone, who was convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress.

Trump denied his tweets, which called the guidance a “miscarriage of justice,” were interfering in the case. Barr has also claimed the decision to scale back Stone’s sentencing recommendation was made before Trump slammed the guidance. The four prosecutors who made the initial recommendation dropped from the case after the Justice Department intervened.