Huh, so that slimeball has a limit of how low he'll stoop after all.
Donald Trump wanted Attorney General Bill Barr to hold a news conference and proclaim that the president broke no laws in his phone call with the leader of Ukraine, reports The Washington Post tonight.
President Trump wanted Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival, though Barr ultimately declined to do so, people familiar with the matter said.
The request from Trump traveled from the president to other White House officials and eventually to the Justice Department. The president has mentioned Barr's declination to associates in recent weeks, saying he wished Barr would have held the news conference, Trump advisers say.
The request for the news conference came sometime around Sept. 25, when the administration released a rough transcript of the president's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The document showed that Trump urged Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter — while dangling a possible White House visit for the foreign leader.
Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference saying the president broke no laws in call with Ukrainian leader [Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey, and Carol D. Leonnig ]
Observations from Twitter.
The amazing thing isn't that Trump would make this wildly corrupt request but that his fixer Bill Barr wouldn't oblige him. https://t.co/ZB7dY2XfEY
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 7, 2019
Really kind of makes you take a look back on his Mueller report media appearances. https://t.co/HaYQYILqAb
— Schooley (@Rschooley) November 7, 2019
Possible galaxy brain take: in not opening a criminal investigation, which could have prevented Congress from accessing certain people or documents in a way more people would have found acceptable than blatant stonewalling, DOJ cleared the way for impeachment pic.twitter.com/cfMt40nEIZ
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) November 7, 2019
If Barr wouldn't touch this, and it's now leaking, one wonders if some of this is too much for even him to stomach.https://t.co/IlAcYgTmFF
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) November 7, 2019
Now THIS is interesting. And somewhat surprising. Barr has a limit. https://t.co/n8aLfp5SZm
— *Palpatine voice* UNLIMITED DADPUNS? (@AdamSerwer) November 7, 2019