William Barr Declines To Follow In Jeff Sessions’ Footsteps

William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, refused to commit to recusing himself from the special counsel’s probe led by Robert Mueller. He made this comment after writing a memo that was critical of the Mueller investigation. 

Sen. Pat Leahy questioned the nominee during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday. The Senator asked Barr if he would seek and follow the advice of the Justice Department’s career ethics officials about recusal.

“I will seek the advice of the career ethics personnel, but as head of the agency, I make the decision of my recusal,” he said. “At the end of the day, I would make my decision based on the law and the facts.”

Sen. Leahy is a Democrat from Vermont. He also asked Barr if the president had the power to pardon someone in exchange for promising not to incriminate the president. 

“No. That would be a crime,” Barr said.

When the nominee for attorney general was asked about comments from Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani that the president wanted the chance to “correct” Mueller’s report before it is made public, Barr said: “That will not happen.”

Barr wrote the unsolicited memo to the Justice Department last year and called Mueller’s investigation “fatally misconceived.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein also questioned Barr and he said told her that he would not interfere in Mueller’s probe.

“The scope of the special counsel’s investigation is set by his charter and by the regulations, and I will ensure those are maintained,” Barr said.

He responded “absolutely” when asked if he would ensure that Mueller was not terminated without good cause.

What do you think about the way that Barr handled himself during the Senate confirmation hearing? Do you believe that he will make a good attorney general? Who do you think he will handle the Mueller investigation? We look forward to seeing your comments.

Credit: NY Post