William Barr: 'I will not be bullied,' Trump nominee says

Trump Attorney General Nominee William Barr Says He Won't Interfere With Robert Mueller Investigation

President Donald Trump's nominee for Attorney General William Barr voiced his support for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to Sen.

"For that reason, my goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law", Barr said.

President Trump had "asked for no assurances, promises or commitments and I gave him none" over his appointment as the government's chief lawyer, Mr...

On Saturday, Trump was asked by a Fox News host whether he had ever worked for Russian Federation and said: "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", but did not give a yes or no answer.

Democrats have anxious that Trump may try to quash Mueller's findings when he concludes his work. He said he did not seek out the job and was reluctant to accept when Trump offered it to him.

However, he is expected to receive tough questions during two days of confirmation hearings before the Senate judiciary committee that start on Tuesday morning, including questions about why he wrote the memo and whether he will agree to make Mueller's findings public once the probe concludes. "But people who are closest to what Mueller is doing, who have interacted with the special counsel, cautioned me that this report is certain to be anti-climatic". Acknowledging that he was "in the dark about many facts", Barr repudiated Mueller's obstruction of justice theory as "fatally misconceived" and "premised on a novel and legally unsupportable reading of the law".

He called Mueller's posture 'grossly irresponsible" and said it had "potentially disastrous implications'.

I Never Worked for Russia'
Trump also told the interpreter not to talk to other administration officials about what was said in the meetings, the Post said. The New York Times report cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

Mueller has reportedly been working for months on a final report laying out the findings of his investigation, which began May 17, 2017.

The remarks are meant to reassure Democratic senators troubled by Barr's past comments on the special counsel's probe, including an unsolicited memo he sent the Justice Department previous year criticizing the inquiry into whether the president had obstructed justice. "The big question in my mind is will he leave Mueller alone", Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times. But the attorney general, not the special counsel, will decide whether all or some of the report will be shared with Congress and the public. "If the president has violated the law, we must be able to rely on the Justice Department to independently investigate such charges".

Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee, jumped on the latest revelations, tweeting debate footage from 2016 in which she blasted Trump for bending to Putin's will and writing: "Like I said: A puppet".

He also said former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was right to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation because of his role in the 2016 campaign, something that infuriated the president and led to Sessions' removal.

Whitaker was advised to recuse by DOJ ethics officials but chose to ignore them.

Barr's own statements about the inquiry have suggested that he is far more sympathetic to Trump's criticisms of Mueller than Sessions or Rosenstein. Barr will tell lawmakers that he believes it is important that Congress and the public are informed of his results.

Sen Kamala Harris, D-Calif., according to a top aide, is also going to want to know whether he'd reverse some of Sessions' moves on voting rights, immigration, and reproductive rights, and whether he supports Sessions' zero tolerance immigration policy?

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