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Tags: Trump Administration | zeldin | trump | barr | twitter

Rep. Zeldin: Trump Won't Budge, Barr Won't Resign

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Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 19 February 2020 02:38 PM

Attorney General William Barr will have a large responsibility on his shoulders as U.S. Attorney John Durham completes his work on the Russia origins probe and probably won't want President Donald Trump to speak out, but that won't happen, Rep. Lee Zeldin said Wednesday.

"The president will tweet," the New York Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "The president is frustrated. He is demanding with his own high expectations demanding transparency and accountability."

However, Zeldin said he doesn't expect Barr to resign. 

"I'm skeptical when I see these anonymous reports like what we saw last night about the AG resigning and the DOJ quickly swatting that down," said Zeldin. "For the attorney general, there is a big burden on his shoulder and there are high expectations amongst the American public and the president, amongst the president's supporters and tens of millions of Americans."

But Trump won't be silent "after years of this cloud that basically the Department of Justice and FBI placed over almost his entire term," said Zeldin. "I think at this point while the attorney general may want the president to give him a lot of space, really the president is speaking not just on behalf of himself, he is speaking on behalf of an entire country that sees misconduct, they know that laws were broken and administrative procedures were broken."

He added he believes Barr is in a position to "drain the swamp" inside the DOJ. 

"I don't think the president is trying to intimidate the attorney general," said Zeldin. "I think the president is speaking his own mind, but kudos to Attorney General Barr. He made 2,000 individuals expose themselves out of the swamp of individuals who apparently don't have much of a problem with (ex-Deputy FBI Director) Andy McCabe getting off and some of these other individuals escaping justice."

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Attorney General William Barr will have a large responsibility on his shoulders as U.S. Attorney John Durham completes work on the Russia probe and probably won't want President Donald Trump to speak out, but that won't happen, Rep. Lee Zeldin said Wednesday.
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