Trump ignores Attorney General Barr's plea to back off tweeting about Justice Department

FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr speak at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is ignoring his attorney general's public request to stop tweeting about the Justice Department.

Trump says he has the legal right to ask the agency to intervene in a criminal case, but he's so far “chosen not to.”

Trump's Friday morning tweet came just hours after Attorney General William Barr told ABC News that the president's tweets were making it “impossible” to do his job, especially following the department's bungled handling of the sentencing recommendation for Trump ally and confidant Roger Stone.

Trump has the right to compel the Justice Department to investigate as an executive branch agency. But it has historically functioned as an independent agency.