Barr has considered resigning over Trump tweets about DOJ: reports

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBrooklyn man accused of lying about hoarding medical supplies, coughing at officers Juan Williams: Mueller, one year on States should plan now for November voting options MORE has considered resigning over President TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House 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Barr made the comment after the Justice Department rescinded a recommendation that GOP political operative and longtime Trump adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on House Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak Trump 'strongly considering' full pardon for Flynn 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 McConnellThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response Senator Tom Coburn's government oversight legacy Schumer praises choice of Defense inspector general to oversee corporate lending fund MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Pelosi comment on Trump is 'most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on Campaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus MORE (R-S.C.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOvernight Health Care: More states order residents to stay at home | Trump looks to sell public on coronavirus response | Judges block Ohio, Texas abortion bans | Dems eye infrastructure in next relief bill Asian American lawmaker warns of fear of racism over coronavirus stigma Democrats eye major infrastructure component in next coronavirus package 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.