“he had his reasons for not doing it, which he explained and I am not going to, you know, argue about those reasons”
Attorney General William Barr sat for in interview on CBS This Morning to be aired in full on Friday and was asked about Mueller’s recent statement to the press.
Without speculating about what’s in Mueller’s mind, Barr suggested that he could have reached a decision about criminal behavior and obstruction of justice if he wanted to.
Camilo Montoya-Galvez reports at CBS News:
Barr says Mueller “could’ve reached a decision” on whether Trump obstructed justice
Attorney General William Barr said he believes special counsel Robert Mueller could have reached a decision on whether President Trump committed obstruction of justice, regardless of long-standing Justice Department policy that prohibits the indictment of a sitting president.
In his first network interview since being sworn in, Barr said the special counsel, who gave a rare public statement Wednesday reiterating some of the key findings in his more than 400-page report, could have concluded the president broke the law without actually charging him — or cleared him of wrongdoing.
“I personally felt he could’ve reached a decision,” he told CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford during an exclusive interview in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday.
“The opinion says you cannot indict a president while he is in office, but he could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity,” Barr added. “But he had his reasons for not doing it, which he explained and I am not going to, you know, argue about those reasons.”…
Barr said Thursday he did not know what Mueller was “suggesting” in his statement.
“The Department of Justice doesn’t use our powers of investigating crimes as an adjunct to Congress,” he added.
See the clip below:
Barr was also asked to answer to charges that he is in some way working on Trump’s behalf, an absurd question that the media failed to ask other attorneys general, such as Eric Holder.
Barr responded by noting the hyper-partisan nature of our politics right now. Watch:
Barr was an excellent choice for Attorney General. Can you imagine how different this situation would look if Jeff Sessions still held the office?
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