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NBC News 19 Feb 2020

Attorney General Barr Considered Resigning Over Trump's Tweets

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President Trump took new aim at the Justice Department on Twitter, calling on Attorney General Barr to "clean house." Barr had told people close to Trump that he considered resigning over the president's tweets, though a spokesperson insisted he has no plans to leave.


Attorney General William Barr has told people he's considered resigning over President Donald Trump's interference with Justice Department matters, particularly the President's tweets, according to a source close to the situation.
While it's not clear if Barr is serious about potentially resigning or looking to send Trump a message, those discussions punctuate a palpable tension between Trump and Barr in recent days after the Justice Department was roiled by a cascade of controversies this past week, a separate source said, adding that the two appear to be in a cooling-off period after Barr's remarkable interview with ABC News.
Attorney General Barr considered resigning over Trump's tweets, Harvey Weinstein's defense team asks judge to throw out juror, and hundreds gather to celebrate 8-year-old boy's adoption.

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The Justice Department recently opened an inquiry into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's interview with the FBI, where he lied to investigators and pleaded guilty for it. According to two people familiar with the inquiry, Attorney General Barr privately asked an outside prosecutor to reexamine the Flynn case around the same time officials pressured prosecutors to recommend probation instead of prison.
Attorney General William Barr says in an interview that President Trump's tweets make it "impossible" for him to do his job. Congressional reporter for the Los Angeles Times Jennifer Haberkorn and McClatchy White House correspondent Francesca Chambers join CBSN's "Red & Blue" with more.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR HE STOPPED TWEETING ABOUT
WILLIAM BARR HE STOPPED TWEETING ABOUT THEIR CASES.
STOPPED TWEETING ABOUT THEIR CASES. PETER ALEXANDER HAS
THEIR CASES. PETER ALEXANDER HAS THE LATEST.
PETER ALEXANDER HAS THE LATEST. >> Reporter: PRESIDENT
THE LATEST. >> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP HOURS AFTER HIS
>> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP HOURS AFTER HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL TOLD
TRUMP HOURS AFTER HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL TOLD PEOPLE CLOSE TO THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL TOLD PEOPLE CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT HE WAS
PEOPLE CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT HE WAS CONSIDERING RESIGNING,
PRESIDENT HE WAS CONSIDERING RESIGNING, FIRING OFF A BARRAGE
CONSIDERING RESIGNING, FIRING OFF A BARRAGE OF NEW TWEETS AGAIN
FIRING OFF A BARRAGE OF NEW TWEETS AGAIN IGNORING WILLIAM
OF NEW TWEETS AGAIN IGNORING WILLIAM BARR’S WARNING HE
IGNORING WILLIAM BARR’S WARNING HE BOUGHT OUT OF JUSTICE
BARR’S WARNING HE BOUGHT OUT OF JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CRIMINAL
BOUGHT OUT OF JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CRIMINAL CASES.
DEPARTMENT CRIMINAL CASES. THE PRESIDENT
CASES. THE PRESIDENT AMPLIFYING
THE PRESIDENT AMPLIFYING CONSERVATIVE ALLIES
AMPLIFYING CONSERVATIVE ALLIES ATTACKS ON THE
CONSERVATIVE ALLIES ATTACKS ON THE DEPARTMENT INCLUDING
ATTACKS ON THE DEPARTMENT INCLUDING ONE CALLING ON BARR TO
DEPARTMENT INCLUDING ONE CALLING ON BARR TO CLEAN HOUSE AT THE
ONE CALLING ON BARR TO CLEAN HOUSE AT THE D.O.J.
CLEAN HOUSE AT THE D.O.J. BARR PUBLICLY SILENT
D.O.J. BARR PUBLICLY SILENT ON THE ISSUE TODAY BUT
BARR PUBLICLY SILENT ON THE ISSUE TODAY BUT A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
ON THE ISSUE TODAY BUT A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN INSISTS HE
A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN INSISTS HE HAS NO PLANS TO
SPOKESWOMAN INSISTS HE HAS NO PLANS TO RESIGN.
HAS NO PLANS TO RESIGN. STILL, OFFICIALS ARE
RESIGN. STILL, OFFICIALS ARE BRACING FOR THE
STILL, OFFICIALS ARE BRACING FOR THE PRESIDENT’S REACTION
BRACING FOR THE PRESIDENT’S REACTION TO THE SENTENCING OF
PRESIDENT’S REACTION TO THE SENTENCING OF HIS LONG-TIME FRIEND
TO THE SENTENCING OF HIS LONG-TIME FRIEND ROGER STONE TOMORROW.
HIS LONG-TIME FRIEND ROGER STONE TOMORROW. BACK HOME IN CHICAGO,
ROGER STONE TOMORROW. BACK HOME IN CHICAGO, AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP
BACK HOME IN CHICAGO, AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMUTED HIS SENTENCE.
AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMUTED HIS SENTENCE. >> I’M RETURNING HOME
COMMUTED HIS SENTENCE. >> I’M RETURNING HOME TODAY FROM A LONG
>> I’M RETURNING HOME TODAY FROM A LONG EXILE OF FREED
TODAY FROM A LONG EXILE OF FREED POLITICAL PRISONER.
EXILE OF FREED POLITICAL PRISONER. >> Reporter: DISGRACED
POLITICAL PRISONER. >> Reporter: DISGRACED FORMER ILLINOIS
>> Reporter: DISGRACED FORMER ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ROB NO
FORMER ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ROB NO REMORSE FOR CRIMES BUT
GOVERNOR ROB NO REMORSE FOR CRIMES BUT PRAISE FOR THE
REMORSE FOR CRIMES BUT PRAISE FOR THE PRESIDENT.
PRAISE FOR THE PRESIDENT. >> PRESIDENT TRUMP IS
PRESIDENT. >> PRESIDENT TRUMP IS A MAN THAT’S KIND AND
>> PRESIDENT TRUMP IS A MAN THAT’S KIND AND OUTSPOKEN BUT HAS A
A MAN THAT’S KIND AND OUTSPOKEN BUT HAS A KIND HEART.
OUTSPOKEN BUT HAS A KIND HEART. >> Reporter: THE
KIND HEART. >> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT GRANTING
>> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT GRANTING CLEMEN SEE TO
PRESIDENT GRANTING CLEMEN SEE TO BLAGOJEVICH.
CLEMEN SEE TO BLAGOJEVICH. TODAY TWEETING ROB
BLAGOJEVICH. TODAY TWEETING ROB BLAGOJE
TODAY TWEETING ROB BLAGOJE BLAGOJEVICH DID NOT
BLAGOJE BLAGOJEVICH DID NOT SELL THE SEAT.
BLAGOJEVICH DID NOT SELL THE SEAT. >> I GOT THIS THING
SELL THE SEAT. >> I GOT THIS THING AND IT’S [ BLEEP ]
>> I GOT THIS THING AND IT’S [ BLEEP ] GOLDEN AND I’M JUST
AND IT’S [ BLEEP ] GOLDEN AND I’M JUST NOT GIVING IT UP FOR
GOLDEN AND I’M JUST NOT GIVING IT UP FOR [ BLEEP ] NOTHING.
NOT GIVING IT UP FOR [ BLEEP ] NOTHING. >> Reporter: ALSO
[ BLEEP ] NOTHING. >> Reporter: ALSO TONIGHT, LAWYERS FOR
>> Reporter: ALSO TONIGHT, LAWYERS FOR WIKI LEEKLEAKS FOUNDER
TONIGHT, LAWYERS FOR WIKI LEEKLEAKS FOUNDER JEWEL
WIKI LEEKLEAKS FOUNDER JEWEL JULIAN A
JEWEL JULIAN A JULIAN
JULIAN A JULIAN JULIAN
JULIAN JULIAN JULIAN ASSANGE’S
JULIAN JULIAN ASSANGE’S LAWYER SAID LEAKING IN
JULIAN ASSANGE’S LAWYER SAID LEAKING IN THE 2016 ELECTION.
LAWYER SAID LEAKING IN THE 2016 ELECTION. NBC NEWS HAS NOT
THE 2016 ELECTION. NBC NEWS HAS NOT OBTAINED THE LAWYER’S
NBC NEWS HAS NOT OBTAINED THE LAWYER’S FULL STATEMENT.
OBTAINED THE LAWYER’S FULL STATEMENT. TONIGHT THAT FORMAL
FULL STATEMENT. TONIGHT THAT FORMAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN
TONIGHT THAT FORMAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN AND THE WHITE HOUSE
REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN AND THE WHITE HOUSE DISPUTING ASSANGE’S
AND THE WHITE HOUSE DISPUTING ASSANGE’S LAWYER’S CLAIMS
DISPUTING ASSANGE’S LAWYER’S CLAIMS CALLING IT A
LAWYER’S CLAIMS CALLING IT A FABRICATION AND TOTAL
CALLING IT A FABRICATION AND TOTAL LIE.
FABRICATION AND TOTAL LIE. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS
LIE. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXPECTED TO NAME THE
PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXPECTED TO NAME THE AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY
EXPECTED TO NAME THE AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY AS THE ACTING DIRECTOR
AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY AS THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTEL
AS THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTEL INTELLIGENCE
OF NATIONAL INTEL INTELLIGENCE INTELLIGENCE.

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