Fox News’ Chris Wallace spoke on “America’s Newsroom” Thursday about the press conference in which Attorney General Bill Barr spoke about the Robert Mueller report and how it pertains to President Donald Trump and his potential repercussions.
According to Wallace, Barr defended the president in a very staunch manner that could be concerning to some:
“Historically, Attorneys General are one of the most sensitive positions that a president appoints, and frankly, they put somebody that they really trust in that position, because oftentimes its somebody that is going to protect them from getting in trouble,” Wallace told “America’s Newsroom” anchors Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith.
“Obviously, the president was very frustrated with the actions of his first attorney general, because of the fact that he felt that Jeff Sessions was not protecting him, was not functioning in that …”
“I suspect that the president was pretty pleased with the performance of Bill Barr today and particularly on the issue of obstruction …” Wallace went on.
“…The attorney general seemed almost to be acting as the counselor for the defense, the counselor for the president, rather than the attorney general, talking about his motives, talking about his anger, his feeling that this was unfair and that there were leaks … really, as I say, making a case for the president,” he added
“I suspect that Democratic heads on Capitol Hill were exploding and they’re going to come down very sharply about the way that Bill Barr today … and this was as good a case as the president and the president’s lawyers could make…”
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Barr’s objective in addressing the reporters was in efforts of demystifying the as yet unreleased Mueller report which contains almost two years of investigation into the president, The Hill reported.
“We now know the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have cooperation of Trump or his campaign or knowing assistance of any other American for that matter,” Barr said.
Additionally, Barr said he believes that context is important when understanding the actions of the Trump campaign and later administration.
“President Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered into office, and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates,” Barr said.
“At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the president’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was, in fact, no collusion,” he added.
The redacted report is expected to be released to lawmakers Thursday morning.