On Tuesday during a press gaggle, President Donald Trump responded to comments made by his Attorney General William Barr.
Barr told ABC News that Trump's incessant tweeting made his job harder.
The President acknowledged he does make life difficult for Barr. But then Trump claimed he could make things worse and be justified because he's the "chief law enforcement officer" of the United States.
The President stated:
"I do make his job harder. I do agree with that."
But Trump added:
"I'm actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country."
"But I've chosen not to be involved. I could be involved if I wanted to be."
You can watch his remarks here.
Trump says he makes Bill Barr’s job “harder” with his tweets: “I do make his job harder, I do agree with that…I ch… https://t.co/91CKWrNXlp— JM Rieger (@JM Rieger) 1582055916.0
People who actually have knowledge of the United States Constitution and the structure of the federal government immediately noted that "chief law enforcement officer" is an actual position designated within the executive branch by the Judiciary Act of 1789.
But it isn't the President.
The person Trump admits to undermining with his constant tweets—Attorney General Barr—is actually the chief law enforcement officer of the United States.
As he is defending AG Barr, Trump declares himself "the chief law enforcement officer of the United States." (Actua… https://t.co/1HaNSKcvOK— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta) 1582051682.0
@jeffmason1 @realDonaldTrump NARRATOR: He is not the chief law enforcement officer in the country.— Billy Corben (@Billy Corben) 1582052187.0
Trump. Is. Insane. https://t.co/TAPdjvQRkP— Tea Pain (@Tea Pain) 1582058388.0
Trump just now: "I am the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the country." Effectively, he has declared the U.S. an… https://t.co/GTz3uTlpoz— Nancy Levine 🌊Vote.org (@Nancy Levine 🌊Vote.org) 1582051870.0
Trump's remarks came after several new pardons were announced.
On the same day that Trump grants clemency & pardons to political supporters, white-collar criminals & former conte… https://t.co/PvwMtsMOPH— Minh Ngo (@Minh Ngo) 1582060621.0
Critics pointed out the latest exercise of presidential power indicated anything but dedication to law and order.
Bill Pascrell (D-NJ): "Trump has used pardons almost exclusively to shield unrepentant felons, racists, and corrupt… https://t.co/lAnSFLnFav— Arthur Delaney (@Arthur Delaney) 1582054380.0
Lil more: "Following Senate Republicans’ sham impeachment trial and decision to hold Trump immune from any sanction… https://t.co/mxaeGLcMF1— Arthur Delaney (@Arthur Delaney) 1582054471.0
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