A Washington Post reporter revealed that Republicans have been calling Attorney General William Barr’s friends demanding that they explain his behavior during his bombastic Congressional testimonies this week.
Robert Costa, a national political reporter for the Post and an MSNBC analyst, explained to a panel Thursday that his Republican sources have taken to calling Barr’s friends and asking them “what’s going on here, what explains his behavior?”
“Privately they’re told, ‘remember this is not a career prosecutor, this is someone who ran the [Justice Department] for Bush 41 but doesn’t have a prosecutorial mindset,'” Costa revealed.
The reporter noted that Barr worked for the CIA with a focus on China — and people close to the attorney general have advised that he’s likely “more interested in having scrutiny of the intelligence agencies than lining up as a traditional DOJ person on these issues.”
Costa’s revelation came after the attorney general told the Senate earlier in the week that the Obama DOJ may have been “spying” on the Trump campaign — a claim made repeatedly by President Donald Trump throughout his time in the White House.
WATCH: CNN displays the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause as Trump rambles about it being ‘phony’
Two days after intense pressure forced President Donald Trump to back down from his plan to host the 2020 G7 summit at his resort in Doral, Florida, the president dismissed the Constitution's anti-corruption clause—which his plan would have violated—as "phony."
"You people, with this phony Emoluments Clause," Trump told reporters at a White House press conference on Monday, responding to allegations that hosting the meeting of foreign leaders at his own property would be a conflict of interest.
Pompeo says Trump is ‘fully prepared’ to take military action against turkey — who is a NATO ally
Speaking to CNBC’s Wilfred Frost this Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Trump is ready to take military action against Turkey for its incursion into northeast Syria in the event that such action is "needed."
“We prefer peace to war,” Pompeo said on Closing Bell. “But in the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action.”
Pompeo declined to give specifics, saying that he doesn't want to "get out in front of the president’s decision about whether to take the awesome undertaking of using America’s military might," adding that economic and diplomatic "powers" could also be used.
WATCH: Ben Carson thanks God for Trump in bizarre prayer — and then asks Him to ‘Keep America Great’
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Monday opened up the White House cabinet meeting with a bizarre prayer that explicitly thanked God for the existence of President Donald Trump.
Carson began his prayer with a standard invocation thanking God for "the blessings that you have bestowed upon this country."
After that, though, Carson gave God a thumbs-up for the work He's done in putting Trump in the White House.
"We thank You for President Trump, who also exhibits great courage in face of constant criticism," Carson said. "We ask you give him strength to endure and wisdom to lead and to recognize you as the sovereign of the universe, with the solution to everything."