Trump's pick: friend or foe in Russia investigation?


    Attorney General nominee William Barr is sworn in by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Alex Wong/Pool Photo via AP)

    WASHINGTON (SBG) - The scrutiny of a nominee for any major post these days seems often to be about what allegiance, if any, they’d have for the president and is there an underlying reason President Trump chose them?

    Enter Attorney General pick, William Barr.

    "I will not be bullied into doing anything i think is wrong, by anybody. Whether it be editorial boards, or Congress or the president,” Barr told senators in day one of his confirmation hearings.

    Though critics worry Barr, who held the post once before under George H.W. Bush could back Trump in trying to influence the Mueller-Russia investigation.

    “Because it's a whole big fat hoax. It's just a hoax," Trump argued on the White House lawn Monday.

    Other concerns include reports that Trump once allegedly considered hiring Barr to defend him. Then, there’s the lengthy memo Barr wrote and sent to the administration, seen by some as essentially supporting Trump’s legal right to fire James Comey.

    Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    “He’s not going to shut down the Mueller investigation,” argued Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., as he urged his democratic colleagues to support Barr. “We’re going to see where that leads shortly, hopefully.”

    Tuesday, Barr praised the FBI and Robert Mueller, a long-time friend and said the probe must run its course. Though it was still not entirely clear by his answers, how much of that report he thinks should be public.

    “He seems to believe he has the power to edit, delete, change the report without explaining why or how,” warned Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “Maybe he’d suppress it.”

    “Some of it should be sanitized because there’s probably information in there that you don’t want the public to know,” cautioned Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

    Barr appears at least at the moment headed toward confirmation since republicans are in control of the Senate and Democrats are highly critical of the acting, current attorney general, Matthew Whitaker

    That doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be pressure if Barr is confirmed.

    Trump was hardly shy with his habit of bashing his former attorney general, Jeff Sessions --for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.

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