Trump continues to defy Barr's warnings to stop tweeting about Justice Department

President Donald Trump fired off several retweets about the DOJ Wednesday.

February 19, 2020, 5:09 PM

In defiance of Attorney General Bill Barr's warnings that he stop tweeting about the Justice Department and criminal cases, President Donald Trump fired off more than a dozen retweets and tweets on Wednesday that seemed to support calls from conservative allies that Barr should “clean house” at DOJ.

"There must be JUSTICE. This can never happen to a President, or our Country, again!," the president said as he quote retweeted a post from GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin who claimed that there are "high expectations that the Justice Dept will very soon deliver transparency & ACCOUNTABILITY regarding DOJ/FBI officials who weaponized the awesome powers at their disposal in order to target the Trump campaign."

A DOJ spokeswoman declined to comment when asked about the president's retweets.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters prior to boarding Air Force One as he departs Washington for campaign travel to California from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., February 18, 2020.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters prior to boarding Air Force One as he departs Washington for campaign travel to California from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., February 18, 2020.
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On Tuesday, Trump had pointedly pushed back on Barr, who as attorney general is traditionally viewed as the nation's chief law enforcement officer.

"I’m allowed to be totally involved," Trump said. "I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country. But I’ve chosen not to be involved.”

Trump stopped short of directly criticizing Barr on Wednesday, mostly retweeting the sentiments of others.

Several of Trump's retweets came from Tom Fitton, president of the conservative activist group Judicial Watch. Fitton claimed on Twitter Tuesday that Trump was “the victim of a seditious conspiracy” by the Justice Department and FBI in terms of the investigation into the presidents 2016 presidential campaign and its connection to Russia.

As the president continued to ignore appeals from the attorney general, he faces the possibility of Barr acting on his warnings. Barr told people close to Trump Tuesday that he is considering resigning over the tweets that Barr had previously said make it “impossible” to do his job, sources tell ABC News.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 15, 2019.
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 15, 2019.
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All of this online turmoil follows more than a week of Trump openly expressing his outrage at the case against his longtime ally Roger Stone, who is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning for lying to Congress, obstructing a congressional inquiry and witness tampering.

Last week, the president took to Twitter criticizing the sentencing recommendation made by the DOJ calling it "horrible and very unfair."

Hours later, Barr stepped in to lower the sentencing recommendation, prompting questions about whether the Justice Department is being swayed by the White House and Washington politics.

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