Trump reacts to Attorney General Barr’s criticism of tweets about DOJ

The Justice department has hired an outside prosecutor to conduct a review into the case of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
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Transcript for Trump reacts to Attorney General Barr’s criticism of tweets about DOJ
Turning now to politics and the new questions about the Independence of the justice department after sources tell ABC news the attorney general has opened a review of the handling of the Michael Flynn case. Flynn who as you may remember briefly served as president trump's national security adviser, was caught up in the Mueller probe. ABC's Kyra Phillips is in west palm beach where the president is spending the weekend. Kyra, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. Well,the theme here since trump's acquittal is clearly loyalty. The president is definitely saying and making it clear that loyalty is everything. Otherwise you may pay the consequences. However, there is one friend that we know the president isn't going to throw under the bus and that name is Twitter. After a stunning show of dissent from the president's inner circle this week -- I think it's time to stop the tweeting about the department of justice criminal cases. Reporter: This morning, attorney general William Barr again making a controversial move. The justice department has hired an outside prosecutor to conduct a review into the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Well, I feel badly for general Flynn. I feel very badly. Reporter: The move comes as the former lieutenant general who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI filed a motion last month to dismiss the case citing the government's bad faith, vindictiveness and breach of the plea agreement. All of this happening as federal prosecutors close a two-year investigation where it declined to charge former FBI deputy director Andrew Mccabe, accused of allegedly lying to investigators about a leak to the media. I think he's a disaster and what he was trying to do was terrible. Reporter: President trump blaming Mccabe of being part of a, quote, illegal and treasonous plot. Yesterday Mccabe firing back at the justice department. It is an absolute disgrace that they took two years and put my family through this experience for two years before they finally drew the obvious conclusion. Reporter: All of this days after the president's reaction to an ABC exclusive interview with the attorney general. Barr blasted trump's online offloads into ongoing investigations. To have public statements and tweets made about the department, about people in the department, about cases pending in the department and about judges before whom we have cases make it impossible for me to do my job. Reporter: So even with all this political in-fighting and debate over who president trump can trust, his justice department is clearly making moves, Dan, to exert its Independence. How -- speaking of the justice department, how unusual is this move by the department to assign an outside prosecutor in the Michael Flynn case? Reporter: Great question. Very unusual. And could trigger more accusations of political interference by top justice officials in Washington, Dan. A lot to watch for. Indeed, always. Kyra Phillips in Florida this morning, we appreciate it.

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