After pledging under oath that he wouldn't politicize the Office of the Attorney General, Bill Barr has done exactly that. As DOJ prosecutors are dropping like flies, Barr sat down with ABC News to tell President Donald Trump to keep quiet.
"I cannot do my job here at the Department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me," Barr said.
MSNBC's Ari Melber summed up Barr's comments by saying that the attorney general is really just telling Trump to sit down and shut up so he can handle it.
"I stand by intervening to help a convicted Trump adviser, but I wish Trump did not admit what we are doing on Twitter," Melber paraphrased Barr.
There is a rumor around the DOJ that more prosecutors plan to leave the DOJ after Barr's intervention in the sentencing of Roger Stone.
You can see the other responses from shocked viewers below:
Barr to @realDonaldTrump: Stop saying the quiet part out loud or these idiots will figure it out. https://t.co/QydWmqa5Qi— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1581628895.0
Alternative version: Dear President Trump, I know you are angry but please don't make this a bigger mess by firing… https://t.co/nMIB2Oczm3— Susan Glasser (@Susan Glasser)1581630635.0
BARR: I will not be bullied out of doing my job, which is to bully others on behalf of my boss, a bully— Jake Maccoby (@Jake Maccoby)1581630836.0
My tweet confused folks so let me clarify. As Michael Cohen testified, Trump does this mob boss style. Indirect. Tr… https://t.co/fg6WIc2a4F— Maya Wiley (@Maya Wiley)1581631986.0
Attorney General Barr is happy to obstruct justice but Trump needs to stop Tweeting about it all the time ... Barr… https://t.co/tDrdtnWuNC— Richard W. Painter (@Richard W. Painter)1581630782.0
I know everyone is like “OMG Bar is criticizing Trump!” but this just shows Barr doesn’t like Trump talking openly… https://t.co/cXWYG3mgjK— Mimi Rocah (@Mimi Rocah)1581631676.0
The best indicator of future performance is past performance. Attorney General Barr's past performance was to misl… https://t.co/mww10rHxyC— Rep. Val Demings (@Rep. Val Demings)1581630418.0
Sorry Bill. Not ok with your comments. You have enabled this person and encouraged him. Now, this country is suf… https://t.co/B0bMPrsh6P— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg)1581628892.0
Dear @realDonaldTrump: All patriotic Americans must show total loyalty to you at all times! You must fire this So… https://t.co/ydHJMgg1UL— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1581629200.0
Forgive me, but Mr. Barr cannot be complaining that he is being bullied by the president. He happily intervened in… https://t.co/s9Im5mjacb— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@Rachel Maddow MSNBC)1581630080.0
People like Barr live on the facsimile of working order and proper behavior. This is why Republicans always retreat… https://t.co/Yg3uIZcnVx— Jared Yates Sexton (@Jared Yates Sexton)1581630893.0
Barr in Translation: “I cannot cover up Trump’s crimes in secret because he keeps saying the quiet parts out loud.” https://t.co/X26qJtxkHJ— K. Louise Neufeld (@K. Louise Neufeld)1581630503.0
This Barr interview is DeNiro in Goodfellas yelling at Johnny Roastbeef for buying his wife a Cadillac after the Lufthansa heist.— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1581629045.0
Attorney General Bill Barr serves as Donald Trump’s personal representative. He wants Trump to stop admitting in pu… https://t.co/DttK7zeF7y— Jared Yates Sexton (@Jared Yates Sexton)1581630642.0
Fox News' Napolitano (who isn't close to Trump anymore) on Barr: "I'm going to suggest that Bill Barr told the pres… https://t.co/wvALhcxsSq— Meridith McGraw (@Meridith McGraw)1581631061.0