President Trump agreed on Tuesday with Attorney General William P. Barr that he makes his job more difficult, but added that the president is “the chief law enforcement officer” in the U.S.
“I do make his job harder. I do agree with that, I do,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “The attorney general is a man with great integrity.”
Mr. Trump has tweeted his opinion about ongoing criminal cases, including that of his longtime friend Roger Stone. Mr. Barr said last week that the president’s actions make it nearly “impossible” to do his job.
The president said Mr. Barr is “working against a lot of people who don’t want to see good things happen, in my opinion.”
“I chose not to be involved” in the Stone case, Mr. Trump said. “I’m allowed to be totally involved. I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country. But I’ve chosen not to be involved. I could be involved if I want to be. I think Roger Stone has been treated very unfairly.”
He also said of his tweeting, “Social media for me has been very important, because it gives me a voice. In the media, I don’t get that voice. I’m allowed to have a voice.”
Stone was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
The president also said that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “has been treated very unfairly.”
Flynn also was convicted of lying to FBI investigators in the Mueller probe.
“You look at what happened to General Flynn, a highly respected man,” Mr. Trump said. “I mean his life has been destroyed. You look at a Roger Stone, for a tweet and some other things. You take a look at what’s happening to these people. Somebody has to stick up for the people.”