William Barr to meet Republican senators amid tensions with Trump

GOP leadership is eager to keep the attorney general from resigning or being fired.

 

Attorney General William Barr will meet with Senate Republicans on Tuesday at their weekly lunch, according to a source familiar with the planning.

The gathering — which is supposed to center on certain intelligence-gathering statutes that expire soon — comes as congressional Republicans have mounted an all-out defense of the attorney general, who was reported to have considered quitting over President Donald Trump’s public commentary on Justice Department criminal cases.

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) issued a rare joint statement in defense of Barr earlier this week, just days after 2,000 former Justice Department employees signed a petition calling for his resignation. The statement also came after Barr issued a rare rebuke of the president, saying Trump’s tweets on DOJ cases make his job “impossible” to do.

Some of those tweets from the president came just before the Justice Department reversed course on its sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser and friend who was convicted on charges of obstruction of Congress and witness tampering

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