Nominee for Attorney General William Barr said in his confirmation hearing Tuesday that he respects Special Counsel Robert Mueller and doesn’t believe he’s engaged in a “witch hunt” — a direct contradiction to President Donald Trump.
In the questioning from Sen. Lindsey Graham, Barr said that he and Mueller were “good friends” and he agreed that the special counsel is a fair-minded person that will be fair to the president and the country.
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— CNN (@CNN) January 15, 2019
Barr’s high opinion of Mueller challenges Trump’s insistence that Mueller is corrupt and engaged in an “illegal” or “rigged” “witch hunt” against him.
Trump has often stated, on and off Twitter, that he thinks Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian ties within his 2016 campaign is a “witch hunt.”
There is No Collusion! The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC. Therefore, the Witch Hunt is an illegal Scam!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
While my (our) poll numbers are good, with the Economy being the best ever, if it weren’t for the Rigged Russian Witch Hunt, they would be 25 points higher! Highly conflicted Bob Mueller & the 17 Angry Democrats are using this Phony issue to hurt us in the Midterms. No Collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2018
The illegal Mueller Witch Hunt continues in search of a crime. There was never Collusion with Russia, except by the Clinton campaign, so the 17 Angry Democrats are looking at anything they can find. Very unfair and BAD for the country. ALSO, not allowed under the LAW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2018
Along with attacking Mueller, Trump has also objected to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and said that he’s conflicted in the investigation as well.
Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter). No Collusion, so they go crazy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Barr seemed to disagree. “I have a very high opinion of Rod Rosenstein and his service in the department,” he told Graham.
Also in contradiction with the president, Barr told Graham he agreed with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation.