William Barr — President Trump’s nominee for US Attorney General — says he doesn’t “subscribe to this ‘lock her up’ stuff” about Hillary Clinton.
He also suggested that he doesn’t think the fruitless Russia collusion investigation is a witch hunt, and said he is “good friends” with Robert Mueller.
Bill Barr Is Longtime Pals With Robert Mueller
These revelations — made during Barr’s Senate confirmation hearings — have caused many Trump supporters to wonder why Trump nominated him in the first place.
“The Clinton Foundation — it was the kind of thing that I think should have been looked at from a tax standpoint,” Barr said. “I wasn’t thinking of it in terms of a criminal investigation. Attorney General [Michael] Mukasey said something that I agree with: He said it would be like a banana republic, putting political opponents in jail for offenses committed in the political setting.”
“One of my concerns, frankly, is politics degenerating into this kind of thing about whether we should…investigate political opponents. That’s why I said…I don’t subscribe to this ‘lock her up’ stuff.”
I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong by anybody, whether it be editorial boards or Congress or the president. I am going to do what I think is right.
On my watch, Bob [Mueller] will be allowed to complete his work. I don’t believe Mr Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt.”
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Of course, Barr’s statements about not weaponizing the DOJ to attack political opponents applies to Mueller’s investigation of “Russian collusion.” Only Democrats are apparently too obtuse to understand this.
To date, the taxpayer-funded probe has yielded no evidence of collusion.
Barr could also be telling the Senate what they want to hear so he could skate through the confirmation process. Only time will tell.
Cause for Alarm: Dems Love William Barr
Meanwhile, William Barr’s statements seemingly undercutting President Trump won praise from the liberal media and from Democrat Senator Chris Coons.
Coons told CNN that he was happy to hear Barr say he has a lot of respect for his longtime pal, Robert Mueller. Barr also suggested that he doesn’t consider the Mueller investigation a witch hunt. Coons said:
He made forceful statements about his respect for Robert Mueller, his long relationship with him. And his belief that it is in the country’s best interest to ensure he has the resources and the independence to complete his investigation without interference.
He didn’t make what I was hoping for, which is an unequivocal commitment to share with the Committee the fruits of Robert Mueller’s labors, a final report. He didn’t make a commitment that he would seek and follow the conclusions of the Department of Justice ethics specialists.
I was broadly encouraged by his tone, forcefulness, and to protect the Department of Justice and Mueller’s investigation. I was not encouraged by his very careful wording around those specific topics.
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