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AG Barr: Fighting to Protect the Presidency Following Mueller Report

Despite Democratic backlash, the attorney general defends his handling of the Mueller report.

Attorney General William Barr fires back at his critics claiming his handling of the Russia probe was in an effort to protect the office of the presidency following the release of the Mueller report.

Barr made the remarks in an interview published in the Wall Street Journal Monday, saying his handling of the probe was not with the focus of personally protecting President Trump.

Barr went on to suggest President Trump has provided “leadership and direction” throughout the process and destroying the office of the presidency would make the country “weaker and more divided.”

This comes just days after Barr disclosed the Department of Justice has opened investigations surrounding the roots of how the Russia probe began.

Reports claim the probes currently underway question the FBI’s use of informants and potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses among other topics.

Barr has previously clarified he does believe the Trump campaign was spied on during the 2016 election cycle.

His remarks come as Democrats continue to slam Barr for protecting the President and obstructing congressional involvement post-Mueller report.

Various Democrats have accused Barr of acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer instead of the attorney general.

Democratic lawmakers have issued subpoenas to gain access to the unredacted Mueller report, a move the attorney general has denied so far.

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