I’m pretty skeptical it will come to this. But I think TPM Reader TB makes a good point that is worth keeping an eye on.
I can’t avoid the conclusion that Barr will now inevitably be fired because (as you have pointed out) Trump sees everything through the lens of a domination ritual, and Barr attempted to be the dom on TV just now by saying it’s impossible for him to do his job with Trump’s constant tweeting. The commentary about how Barr just wants Trump to shut up so he can keep doing corrupt things for Trump with a veneer of legality or acceptability is irrelevant, is too complex a thought for Trump, and is not a game that Trump has the patience to play. Trump must win every domination ritual, and the only way to reestablish dominance in this situation is to fire Barr. My guess is it will happen after a period of weeks.
I do think that’s Barr’s aim. The events of the last several days have stripped whatever veneer may have been left on the kind of operation Barr is running at DOJ, which is thoroughly corrupt, entirely given over to protecting the President and targeting his adversaries. Barr clearly feels some level of exposure and perhaps an untenable degree of pushback from senior figures at DOJ.
Don’t get me wrong. Barr isn’t having any second thoughts. He wanted in on Trump’s corruption in the worst possible way. Trump led him up to the 20 feet high dive and invited him to jump in. But post-acquittal unbound may be presenting him with new challenges to handling the corruption in an orderly way.