Despite high hopes at the time of his confirmation last year, President Donald Trump has expressed disappointment in the performance of Attorney General Bill Barr in recent months.
It seems the mounting displeasure has resulted in the president now declining to confirm whether Barr will be replaced or stick around at the helm of the Justice Department if Trump wins a second term next month, as the Washington Examiner reports.
“It’s too early”
Trump has shown a willingness throughout his first term to get rid of advisers and cabinet members in whom he has lost confidence.
Given Barr’s most recent moves, the president is acknowledging that he is “not happy” with his attorney general and might consider replacing him in a second term, as reported by NBC News.
“I have no comment,” he said in response to a question during a Newsmax interview this week about whether he would fire Barr. “I have no comment. Can’t comment on that. It’s too early.”
The Justice Department notably failed to identify sufficient evidence showing “significant wrongdoing” by the Obama administration in relation to an investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.
“I’m not happy with all of the evidence I have,” Trump continued in the recent interview. “I can tell you that. I’m not happy.”
“They’re guilty as hell”
Flynn was a central figure in the probe of suspected Russian collusion with Trump’s 2016 presidential election and evidence suggested he had essentially been framed by federal agents to push the investigation forward.
An absence of charges against anyone related to this aspect of the scandal is unfair, the president asserted.
“I had to go through elections with all those clouds over my head,” he told Newsmax. “But they don’t because the Republicans are so nice. Personally, I think it’s too bad. I think it’s too bad, they’re guilty as hell.”
The president originally campaigned on his platform of “draining the swamp,” casting the attorney general as an important force in that pursuit. If he does not believe Barr is up for the task, his track record indicates that he will not hesitate to take action.
Of course, with Election Day less than three weeks away, the attorney general’s job is likely safe for now as Trump focuses on winning another four years in the White House.