President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerangStates, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlashA Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE said Tuesday that he had total confidence in Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrA tale of two lies: Stone, McCabe and the danger of a double standard for justiceJudge in Roger Stone case orders Tuesday phone hearingSunday shows – Spotlight shines on Bloomberg, stop and friskMORE and acknowledged that he makes his top law enforcement officers job harder with his tweets.
I have total confidence in my attorney general, Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews. I think he is doing an excellent job.
Trump also defended his tweets about the criminal case against his longtime associate, Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneA tale of two lies: Stone, McCabe and the danger of a double standard for justiceJudge in Roger Stone case orders Tuesday phone hearingKlobuchar calls on Barr to testify in front of Senate after department rejects recommended Roger Stone sentencingMORE, which caused Barr to make a rare and public statement last week urging Trump to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases.
Somebody has to stick up for the people, Trump told reporters, referring to Stone and other associates he believes have been mistreated by federal prosecutors. My social media is very powerful.
Asked about Barrs own comments in an interview with ABC News last week, Trump said he agreed that his tweets make the attorney general’s job harder, but continued to defend his public statements about the Stone case.
I do make his job harder. I do agree on that, Trump said. We have a great attorney general and hes working very hard.
Trump described Barr as a man with great integrity.
The president also maintained that he has the right to intervene in ongoing criminal cases but chose not to, referring to Stones case.
I chose not to be involved, Trump said. I could be involved if I wanted to be.
Trump maintained that Stone and other associates of his 2016 campaign who were charged in connection with former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened TrumpCNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meetingThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire falloutMOREs investigation were treated unfairly, specifically naming former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Trumps remarks come days before Stone, who was convicted in November of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a proceeding, is set to be sentenced in federal court in Washington, D.C. Trump said he had not considered whether he would pardon Stone, Flynn, or his former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortA tale of two lies: Stone, McCabe and the danger of a double standard for justiceFox’s Napolitano: Roger Stone ‘absolutely entitled’ to new trial after juror’s tweets revealedJessie Liu resigns after nomination for Treasury post withdrawn: reportMORE, who is currently serving a federal sentence for crimes uncovered during Muellers investigation.
The president sparked a firestorm last week when he tweeted that a seven- to nine-year sentence that federal prosecutors recommended Stone face was unfair and a miscarriage of justice.
Hours later, Justice Department leaders reduced the  recommendation, calling Stone to be sentenced to far less. The developments spurred speculation that the Justice Department had reversed course under pressure from the president.
Barr told ABC News in a bombshell interview last Thursday that Trump had never asked him to anything with respect to a criminal case. But he also urged the president to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases and prosecutors, saying that the presidents public comments about such matters make it impossible for me to do my job.
I think its time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases, Barr told ABC.
The remarks represented a rare break between the attorney general and the president, though the White House insisted Trump was not bothered by Barrs statements. Trump has continued to tweet about Stones case. On Tuesday morning, the president suggested he could sue over the Mueller probe.