President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr appeared to dismiss one of the president’s most consistent attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller: that his probe of Russian election interference is a “witch hunt.”
Barr, who on Tuesday faced questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings, was asked by Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., about Trump’s characterization of the probe of Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
“Do you believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt against anybody?” Graham asked Barr.
Barr, who had already served as attorney general once before in President George H.W. Bush’s administration, responded directly: “I don’t believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt.”
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