Attorney General William Barr criticized his own Justice Department in a fiery speech Wednesday night, accusing them of “headhunting” high-profile targets while insisting he has absolute authority to overrule line prosecutors.
Speaking at an event hosted by Hillsdale College, Mr. Barr did not reference any specific cases. But his remarks appeared to address criticism of his involvement in cases the Justice Department has brought against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and political operative Roger Stone, both associates of President Trump.
“What exactly am I interfering with?” Mr. Barr asked. “Under the law, all prosecutorial power is invested in the attorney general.”
Mr. Barr went beyond defending his record as attorney general, slamming Justice Department prosecutors and saying they are too political to set department policy.
“Name one successful organization or institution where the lowest level employees’ decisions are deemed sacrosanct — there aren’t,” he said. “There aren’t any letting the most junior members set the agenda.”