Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Thursday night that President Donald Trump should lay off on tweeting his opinions about criminal cases after Attorney General Bill Barr said it’s “impossible” to do his job with Trump’s commentary in the background.
“Maybe the President should listen to the attorney general,” McConnell said during an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier.
“Do you think the tweet about his opinion on the Roger Stone sentencing recommendations is inappropriate political interference?” Baier asked.
“Well the attorney general has said it’s making it difficult to do his job,” the Republican leader replied. “I think the President ought to listen to the attorney general, who’s an outstanding law enforcement officer.”
McConnell, who fought tooth and nail to rush through Trump’s impeachment trial and acquit him as quickly as possible, said he wasn’t concerned about Trump politicizing the Justice Department, and that he has “confidence” in Barr.
“I think the President will listen to him,” McConnell said.
The morning after McConnell’s interview, Trump tweeted that he has the “legal right” to interfere in a criminal case as President if he wants to.
Watch the Senate majority leader below:
McConnell says Trump "ought to listen to" Bill Barr. pic.twitter.com/KsVb22GwOf
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) February 14, 2020