A CNN panel on Friday took Attorney General Bill Barr to the woodshed after he held a press conference that gave a misleading impression about what would be in special counsel Robert Mueller’s now-public report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
During the discussion, host Alisyn Camerota said that Barr appeared to be acting more like Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani rather than the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
“He didn’t appear to be representing the interests of the United States,” she said. “He inserted things like… how he felt that the president was justifiably angry. He gave us a psychoanalysis of the president he didn’t need to give us.”
Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig was even more unsparing in his analysis of Barr’s maneuvers.
“I think William Barr’s credibility and independence are in the gutter now,” he said. “Look, the most important thing he did was he intercepted the obstruction inquiry. When he was asked during his testimony in Congress last week, ‘Did Robert Mueller ask you to jump in and make the decision on obstruction,’ he hems and haws and says, ‘Well, Mueller didn’t say anything to me.’ But Mueller put it in writing.”
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