AG William Barr embarrassed a reporter during his press conference who suggested he was “protecting” the president, after the release of the Mueller Report.
Daily Wire reported that on Thursday morning, Attorney General William Barr held a press conference discussing the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
After Barr confirmed that “the special counsel found no evidence that any American, including anyone associated with the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government,” he took questions from the media.
A reporter from CBS News, Paula Reid, suggested to Barr that he has been partial and is “going out of his way” to “protect” and run interference for Trump.
“You cleared the president on obstruction, the president is fundraising off of your comments about spying, and, here, you have remarks that are quite generous to the president, including acknowledging his feelings and his emotions. What do you say to people on both sides of the aisle that you are trying to protect the president?” asked Reid.
Barr fired back at the reporter, informing her that his remarks about Trump’s personal pushback are referenced in Mueller’s report.
“Well actually the statement about his sincere beliefs are recognized in the report — that there was substantial evidence for that. So I’m not sure what your basis is for saying that I am being ‘generous’ to the president,” the attorney general said.
Reid responded, “It’s an unprecedented situation. … It just seems like there is a lot of effort to say — to go out of your way, to acknowledge —”
“Well, is there another precedent for it?” Barr shot back.
“No,” the reporter acknowledged.
“Okay, so unprecedented is an accurate description for it, isn’t it?” he said.
“Yes,” Reid answered.
Barr then moved on to other questions.
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Attorney General William Barr shuts down a reporter who tried to suggest that he was protecting President Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/rpZEUD9pz2
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 18, 2019