President Donald Trump hammered Attorney General William Barr on Twitter on Saturday, following reports that Barr was complicit in suppressing investigations into Hunter Biden earlier on this year.
On Twitter, President Trump questioned why Barr was unwilling to disclose the fact there were two ongoing federal investigations into Hunter Biden during the presidential election campaign season.
The deeply disloyal Barr appears not to be grateful for President Trump reviving his political career by appointing him Attorney General in 2019. According to reports, he is now mocking the President privately, describing Trump as a deposed tyrant.
Attorney General Bill Barr has reportedly compared Donald Trump’s attacks on him as a “deposed king ranting” after the president apparently raised the possibility of firing him.
Mr Barr told a source that he was not “intimidated” by the president’s attacks, CNN reported.
“Barr cannot be intimidated by Trump. This is the real story. None of this matters – it’s the deposed king ranting. Irrelevant to the course of justice and to Trump’s election loss,” the source said on Saturday.
The source described the relationship between Mr Trump and Mr Barr as “a Cold War”.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Hunter Biden was the subject of two federal investigations in 2020. One of them, a tax fraud investigation, has since been declared to the public by Hunter Biden himself. The other is an investigation into financial improprieties by Manhattan investigators and has been going on for over a year. Despite the fact that voters would have benefited substantially from knowing about these investigations before casting their ballots, Barr sought to suppress public knowledge of the probes, citing arbitrary internal Justice Department rules – which Barr could easily have abolished – that prevent the Department from activities that could influence a election race.
President Trump has since suggested that Barr would allow the Biden family to get away with their respective crimes should a Biden win be certified.
Barr is the second Attorney General during the Trump administration to fall foul of the President. Earlier on in the administration, Jeff Sessions let the President down by recusing himself from the Russia investigation instead of shutting it down.