Attorney General William P. Barr, left with a hearty attaboy from Senate Republicans after delivering a briefing on the government’s expiring surveillance authorities.
After a dust-up over less than two weeks ago the sentencing of a Trump campaign associate, Roger Stone. President Trump publicly questioned the Justice Department, which in turn compelled Barr to caution Trump and warn that his intervention was making his job “impossible.”
But, GOP lawmakers gave him a solid showing of support in a private lunch meeting today. The warm welcome sent the signal that Barr still enjoys deep Republican support on Capitol Hill despite his unusual decision earlier this month to overrule the decision of rank-and-file prosecutors in recommending a lighter sentence for Roger Stone.
“Every sentence began with, ‘Keep up the good work,’” said Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), recalling senators’ remarks at the lunch, which began with a round of applause for Barr. Also, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters afterward that Barr “enjoys overwhelming support” in the Senate Republican ranks: “We all think he is doing an outstanding job.”
Rumors have been ongoing that Barr was having thoughts of leaving the Trump administration. They left the meeting relieved, on that count.
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