Trump’s AG Pick William Barr Admits Mueller Wouldn’t Be Involved in a ‘Witch Hunt’

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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.

He added that he would share as much of Mueller’s final report as he could, finally saying that, “I don’t believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt.”

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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.”

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.

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.

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