Attorney General William Barr warned in March that people sitting on stockpiles of masks would "be hearing a knock on your door."
"There's a growing threat that cartels, criminals and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation," the president said.
Barr would be able to hold any American—man, woman or child—indefinitely, at his own discretion, without trial, and whether the case is related to COVID-19 or not. We don't need this to beat the pandemic.
"We are doing things to help in that regard America will again and soon be open for business," Trump said, "a lot sooner than the three or four months that somebody was suggesting."
Any lawyer who knows anything about federal sentencing knows that seven to nine years for a 67-year-old first offender for obstruction of Congress is grotesquely excessive.
"It looks to many present and former federal prosecutors that undue leniency was being afforded to a privileged, white friend of the president," Stuart Gerson wrote.
Attorney General William Barr is reportedly considering quitting his position over President Donald Trump's social media posts.
Trump has out-Nixoned Nixon. Barr has out-Nixoned Nixon's attorney general. And justice is too low a priority for the GOP to stand up to either of them.
Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer called Barr's involvement in cases against Roger Stone and Michael Flynn only the "tip of the iceberg."
The co-founder of an anti-Trump group wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that there was no one better than Attorney General William Barr at predicting the president's whims.
Barr's intervention in Roger Stone's case, says Jed Shugerman, was "yet another breach of norms in a pattern with Trump and Barr."
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said President Donald Trump had gone on a "revenge tirade" against his rivals since being acquitted of impeachment charges in a Friday interview on CNN.
On Thursday, a group of 39 elected prosecutors released a joint statement criticizing Attorney General William Barr for unfair actions that target minorities and poor people.
Donald Ayer, who served under President George H. W. Bush, said Americans are "losing an ability to have confidence that the department is not going to be influenced by improper forces."
Democratic Rep. David Cicilline also speculated about the attorney general's sincerity when he said he would not be bullied by the president.
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs said Attorney General William Barr "doesn't get what this president has gone through" on television program Thursday, one day after he applauded Barr for "doing the Lord's work."
"The president made a wise selection in picking Bill Barr. I think he ought to listen to him," McConnell said.
Attorney General Bill Barr's criticisms of President Donald Trump's tweets about ongoing cases will cast a pall on Trump's post-impeachment tirade, said Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Maggie Haberman. "I can't see [Trump] hearing this and saying, 'Yes, I get it. That's cool,'" Haberman said.
"Donald Trump tweets exactly what he wants. And within hours William Barr does it," former U.S. Attorney Patrick Cotter said.
Fox News commentator Charles Hunt urged President Donald Trump to pardon everyone involved in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election during a panel discussion on Thursday.
"I'm gonna do what I think is right. I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me."
"We have repeatedly warned you and your predecessors that the misuse of our criminal justice system for political purposes is both dangerous to our democracy," the House committee wrote in a letter to Barr.
Laurence Tribe also accused President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr of wielding "raw, naked, unprincipled, immoral power."
All four career prosecutors handling Stone's proceedings requested to withdraw from the case shortly after the DOJ backed away from their recommended prison sentence.
"It says that the president's whims and fancies are more important to the administration of justice than the views of career prosecutors," Gene Rossi told Newsweek.
John Dean served under Richard Nixon and helped cover up the Watergate scandal. Barr has issued a memo insisting he approve any investigation into a 2020 candidate.
House impeachment managers use Republicans' words from the past to dispel the notion that a president cannot be impeached for acts that do not amount to crimes.
Former solicitor general under Reagan and Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried blasts President Trump and William Barr, saying of Barr, "You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. His reputation is gone."
"Mr. Barr had to have known everything," Parnas said.
The letter cited four specific instances when Barr made comments the association felt impaired the Department of Justice to be viewed as an impartial agency.