Trump's pick for new attorney general is 'best friends of 20 years' with Robert Mueller

Trump’s pick for new attorney general is ‘best friends of 20 years’ with Robert Mueller

To replace Jeff Sessions, Trump nominated Bill Barr, who was attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, to take the job again.

As it turns out, Barr and Mueller are longtime friends.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said after meeting with Barr, who led the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush, that Bill Barr has a ‘high opinion’ of Robert Mueller.

‘He had absolutely no indication he was going to tell Bob Mueller what to do or how to do it,’ Graham said.

Lindsay Graham said Bill Barr told him about his longtime relationship with Robert Mueller.

Barr and Mueller worked together when Barr was Bush’s attorney general between 1991 and 1993 and Mueller oversaw the department’s criminal division. Graham said the two men were ‘best friends’ and have known each other for 20 years.

Their wives attend Bible study together, Graham explained, and Mueller attended the weddings of two of Barr’s daughters.

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions left in November, president Trump made Sessions’ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker the acting attorney general before nominating Bill Barr in December.

President Trump’s critics made the claim that Barr may try to curtail Robert Mueller’s investigation, But Lindsay Graham said that won’t be the case.

Graham revealed questions that he had put to Barr: ‘I asked Mr. Barr directly, ‘Do you think Mr. Mueller is on a witch hunt?’ He said no. ‘Do you think he would be fair to the president and the country as a whole?’ He said yes. ‘And do you see any reason for Mr. Mueller’s investigation to be stopped?’ He said no. ‘Do you see any reason for a termination based on cause?’ He said no. ‘Are you committed to making sure Mr. Mueller can finish his job?’ Yes.’

Graham said Barr said that if he were attorney general, he would ‘err on the side of transparency’ when he eventually received Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

‘So his opinion of Mr. Mueller is very, very high in terms of ethics and character and professionalism,’ Graham said.

Barr has said that Trump’s interactions with ex-FBI Director James Comey would not constitute obstruction of justice, according to a copy of a newly released June 2018 memo to senior Justice officials.

The June 8 memo — first reported by The Wall Street Journal and provided to lawmakers late Wednesday — offers a detailed analysis of one of the most consequential episodes of Trump’s presidency, concluding that while he’s “in the dark about many facts,” Mueller’s obstruction inquiry was “fatally misconceived.”

Barr adds that president Trump asking Comey to let go of the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and later firing Comey were within his powers as head of the executive branch.”Mueller should not be able to demand that the President submit to an interrogation about alleged obstruction,” Barr wrote.

“If embraced by the Department, this theory would have potentially disastrous implications, not just for the Presidency, but for the Executive branch as a whole and the Department in particular.”

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