Barr has considered resigning over Trump tweets about DOJ: reports

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHarris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle Hillicon Valley: DOJ proposes tech liability shield reform to Congress | Treasury sanctions individuals, groups tied to Russian malign influence activities | House Republican introduces bill to set standards for self-driving cars McCarthy threatens motion to oust Pelosi if she moves forward with impeachment MORE has considered resigning over President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE’s continued tweets regarding Justice Department investigations, according to multiple reports Tuesday night.

The Washington Post, which first reported the news, citing three administration officials, reported that Barr told people close to the president he was considering leaving over Trump’s tweets, which have continued unabated since Barr addressed them last week.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec pushed back on the reports Tuesday night, calling them "Beltway rumors" in a tweet and stating that Barr "has no plans to resign."


The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

Barr said in an interview with ABC News last week that Trump's tweets about the Department of Justice matters make it “impossible for me to do my job.”


“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Barr said.

Barr made the comment after the Justice Department rescinded a recommendation that GOP political operative and longtime Trump adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneThe agony of justice Our Constitution is under attack by Attorney General William Barr Justice IG investigating Stone sentencing: report MORE be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison for lying to investigators and witness tampering.

The department has denied that Trump’s tweets decrying the original sentence recommendation played any part in the decision.

Trump publicly backed Barr earlier Tuesday, telling reporters: "I have total confidence in my attorney general. I think he's doing an excellent job. He's a strong guy."

"I do make his job harder," Trump added. "I do agree with that. I think that's true."


Republican leaders also publicly expressed support for the attorney general on Tuesday, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFEC flags McConnell campaign over suspected accounting errors Poll: 59 percent think president elected in November should name next Supreme Court justice Mark Kelly: Arizona Senate race winner should be sworn in 'promptly' MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP aims to confirm Trump court pick by Oct. 29: report The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot MORE (R-S.C.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy threatens motion to oust Pelosi if she moves forward with impeachment Kate Schroder in Ohio among Democratic challengers squelching GOP hopes for the House McCarthy's Democratic challenger to launch first TV ad highlighting Air Force service as single mother MORE (R-Calif.) calling him a "man of the highest character and unquestionable integrity” in a joint statement.

Barr reportedly visited the White House on Tuesday for a lunch with White House counsel Pat Cipollone that was already on his schedule, according to CNN, citing a Justice Department official and a source familiar with the matter.

Updated: 10:35 p.m.