Barr says Trump’s tweets about DOJ cases make it ‘impossible to do my job’

(CNN)Attorney General William Barr on Thursday criticized President Donald Trump for tweeting about Justice Department cases in an extraordinary defense of rank-and-file prosecutors in an interview with ABC News.

“To have public statements and tweets made about the department, about people in the department, our men and women here, about cases pending in the department and about judges before whom we have cases, make it impossible for me to do my job,” Barr said, “and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we’re doing our work with integrity.”

The comments come amid scrutiny over Trump’s influence on the Department of Justice after he criticized a recommended sentence for former Trump adviser Roger Stone. The Department of Justice then backed off Stone’s recommended sentence of seven to nine years behind bars and Trump thanked Barr for taking control of the case.

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