Attorney General William Barr has reached out to multiple allies of President Donald Trump warning that he might quit over the president's insistence on tweeting about Department of Justice cases, according to numerous reports.
What are the details?
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Barr "has told people close to President Trump — both inside and outside the White House — that he is considering quitting" over the president's tweets relating to DOJ investigations. The outlet cited three unnamed administration officials. One source told the Post of Barr, "He has his limits."
The Associated Press also cited an administration official in reporting that "Barr has told people close to him he's considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn't heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases."
Last week, the attorney general sat down for an interview with ABC News and expressed his frustration over the president commenting on DOJ cases on social media, saying such messages "make it impossible for me to do my job."
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham reacted to the interview a few hours after it aired, issuing a statement saying, "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. President Trump uses social media very effectively to fight for the American people against injustices in our country, including the fake news. The President has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law."
The news that Barr is purportedly mulling resignation came the same day President Trump tweeted that, in his opinion, the DOJ's case against his friend, Roger Stone, should be thrown out.
The Post reported that Barr's alleged signals to Trump advisers over the tweets could amount to "foreshadowing a possible confrontation between the president and his attorney general over the independence of the Justice Department." Neither the White House nor the DOJ offered a statement to the Post on the matter.
Yet DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec took to Twitter as the reports rolled in, tweeting, "Addressing the Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign."