Attorney General William Barr received praise from Trump supporters for taking on Barack Obama’s Deep State.
But storm clouds are gathering.
And William Barr held one meeting that is bad news for Donald Trump.
Attorney General Barr caused heartburn for Trump supporters this past week when Barr marched across Capitol Hill presenting Senators with a proposal for new gun control.
Barr’s proposal included a ban on private firearm sales and a national gun registry.
Trump deployed Barr to speak with senators last week about potential legislation, including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas). Barr, together with Eric Ueland, the White House legislative affairs director and a veteran Senate staffer, met with the senators, according to sources familiar with the talks.
“I would say that not everybody in the White House is supporting the president trying to engage and make something happen,” said Manchin, a key Senate negotiator on gun legislation. “But he’s still the president, and I think he’ll make it happen.”
Barr has earned rare Democratic praise over his efforts on gun legislation. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a vocal critic of the attorney general, described Barr’s role in negotiations as “constructive.” Graham, a close Trump ally, also said that Barr has been helpful with the negotiations and has “been trying to bring the law enforcement perspective to the table.”
Barr and Ueland floated a proposal, according to two Hill staffers, that would expand background checks to all commercial sales and would create an entity to perform them. But Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said they need to hear from the president directly before seriously considering any action plan.
The White House quickly distanced itself from Barr’s proposal once conservatives caught wind of what was going down.
But that did not stop them from questioning Barr’s role in the White House’s response to mass shootings.
During his confirmation hearing, Barr signaled his support for gun control.
And many Trump voters are worried Barr is pushing the President to support gun control that could cost Donald Trump his chances at re-election.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.