On Thursday, AG William Barr did an interview with ABC news. In the interview, Barr spoke about the tweets by President Trump regarding the Roger Stone case. The tweets in question were regarding Trump’s comments about AG Barr stepping in to intervene. This led to outrage by the Democrats calling for President Trump to be impeached yet again. The President’s tweet can be seen below.
So there’s nothing wrong with what President Trump said. I actually agree with what he said. It is good that the justice department addressed the case that was handled inappropriately, but the way it was done should be considered. I’ve commented before that sometimes President Trump has a Twitter problem. This is exactly the case here, but I know that some of you will not agree with me. What he said was 100% correct about the case, but it shouldn’t have been commented in this manner.
AG Barr gave his interview on ABC and commented about how these types of things make it difficult for him to do his job. In the comments, he talks about how it would be great to leave ongoing cases and people involved out of the discussion. You can see the interview below to hear the comments for yourself.
EXCLUSIVE: “I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” Attorney General Bill Barr tells @PierreTABC following Pres. Trump's tweets on Roger Stone sentencing. https://t.co/3bf9a1Z5v4 pic.twitter.com/yITwRgzutJ
— ABC News (@ABC) February 13, 2020
Now, let’s think about this a little more openly and I think you’ll understand Barr’s frustration. If you are at your job and your boss has an issue with what is happening in your area, would you rather your boss address it with you or announce it over the loud speaker for all of your company to hear? Essentially, President Trump took to Twitter and announced to the world the issues that are present in the Justice Department. None of these issues surprise anyone. If you follow US politics at all, you knew there was corruption and issues in the system.
President Trump took to his version of the overhead speaker, but that wasn’t the right place to do this. Yes, he should make comments about issues in Washington, DC. He absolutely must talk about the issues and how he is addressing them, but the way he does it has an affect on other things. For example, if President Trump had commented generally about how he was pleased the Justice Department reconsidered and addressed the corruption, we may not be having this conversation. He would be publicly praising the department, but no names or issues would be mentioned.
Instead, Trump chose to drop Barr’s name and bring up the prosecutors. AG Barr in essence is saying to Trump, this is my department and I will handle the issues. Trump has every right to address Barr’s actions and performance. After all, he is AG Barr’s boss. The last thing Barr needs is a million more pointless investigations into his actions and the Justice Department.
Trump is an amazing leader, there is no question in my mind in this. To look at some of the things he has done, only a great leader can accomplish these things. Yet, this is one situation in which a great leader should trust his people. Sometimes a leader has to let their people work and praise them as appropriate. At times, you are able to call out the work they are doing publicly. Other times, you have to know how to handle it privately. You have to know your audience.
Trump should know that the media and the Democrats would jump all over his tweet and statements. He should know that his statements would create more chaos, but he seems to thrive on chaos. Right now, I really would like to see AG Barr and the Justice Department focus on the known corruption in the Democratic Party.
Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue? Not only would this assure a Trump win in November, it could possibly change the entire course of the country for many more years to come. Rather than a win for a shortened sentence for Stone, Trump could go around bragging about how he actually locked up a corrupt Democrat. It would make his base chants at his rallies much more interesting.
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