PoliticsUncategorizedWorldAG nominee Barr: Mueller probe “not a witch hunt”

Speaking at his confirmation hearing to succeed Jeff Sessions as attorney general of the United States, William Barr testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he doesn’t believe special prosecutor Robert Mueller “would be involved in a witch hunt.”

Barr, who previously served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush and is likely to be confirmed for the post again, faced the line of questioning on the back of a 19-page memo that was critical of the Russia investigation. Asked if he would consider recusing himself from overseeing the investigation based on the memo, Barr said he would make a decision “in good faith.”

The nominee also testified about a conversation he’d had with President Trump about Mueller. “I said Bob is a straight shooter and should be dealt with as such,” Barr said he told Trump.

Barr continued that he found it hard to imagine a scenario in which Mueller would give him cause to fire him.

“It’s unimaginable to me that Bob would ever do anything that gave rise to good cause,” Barr said. “I believe right now the overarching public interest would be for him to finish.”