Attorney General William Barr argued that President Donald Trump had not obstructed justice because he was justifiably angry that various investigations into his actions were undermining his presidency.
The attorney general revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller examined 10 instances of possible obstruction, but Barr said he and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein simply disagreed with the investigation's legal theories -- and dismissed them.
Twitter users immediately howled in protest.
In case you missed it, the attorney-general of the United States just blamed the media for the president's obstruct… https://t.co/fWIIxISW6a— Charles P. Pierce (@Charles P. Pierce) 1555595281.0
Never thought I would hear an AG stand up and make excuses for a president’s repeated attacks on DOJ and it’s lawfu… https://t.co/px1x4rC1k3— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1555595670.0
The Attorney General of the United States just defended obstruction because of the President's hurt feelings.— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1555595193.0
I'll say this -- Barr is *easily* the best Press Secretary Trump has ever hired.— Ken Tremendous (@Ken Tremendous) 1555595645.0
omfg. Attorney General Barr just defended Trump's obstruction -- because Trump was "frustrated."— Caroline Orr Bueno (@Caroline Orr Bueno) 1555595374.0
This is NEWS here. AG gives President early secret access to report investigating him. Denies coequal branch of gov… https://t.co/eEA9lb6itj— Susan Glasser (@Susan Glasser) 1555595644.0
Barr is embarrassing his office today.— Garrett M. Graff (@Garrett M. Graff) 1555595331.0
Trump always wanted an attorney general who would “protect him” and he got one in William Barr.— b-boy bouiebaisse (@b-boy bouiebaisse) 1555595738.0
Barr is now issuing what amounts to a White House press release. Even if these are his heartfelt views, this will… https://t.co/93FAnCtBEy— Ken Dilanian (@Ken Dilanian) 1555595184.0
Everybody knows you can’t obstruct justice if you’re frustrated. It says so write there in the big book of made-up… https://t.co/IkLNXPjXyV— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko) 1555595474.0
Barr seems to be arguing that while Trump tried to obstruct justice, that was totally understandable because a lot… https://t.co/uPF0V5BUvL— Paul Waldman (@Paul Waldman) 1555595201.0
Good news, everyone: The president isn't a crook, he just couldn't handle the pressure of his situation without blo… https://t.co/6ZgyO7zstq— Gary Legum (@Gary Legum) 1555595625.0
Training your whole life, from being a loutish teen at an elite boarding school on into your bulky lawyerly fifties… https://t.co/vtJBjcmuTw— David Roth (@David Roth) 1555596244.0
Again, Barr's presence as AG in this moment IS PART OF THE ONGOING EFFORT TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE. He replaced Sessions… https://t.co/PB1mtgpLbg— Bree Newsome Bass (@Bree Newsome Bass) 1555596627.0