AG Barr Shreds Reporter Who Asks if He’s 'Trying to Protect' Trump: WATCH
Attorney General embarrasses a reporter who suggests he is protecting the president
During Thursday's press conference ahead of the Mueller report's public release, Attorney General William Barr shredded a reporter who asked him if he was "trying to protect" Presdient Donald Trump.
AG Barr confirmed before the world's media that "the special counsel found no evidence that any American, including anyone associated with the Trump campaign, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government," before taking questions from members of the press.
During one question, a CBS News reporter, Paula Reid, suggested to Mr. Barr that he is "going out of his way" to "protect" and run interference for Trump.
"You cleared the president on obstruction, the president is fundraising off of your comments about spying, and, here, you have remarks that are quite generous to the president, including acknowledging his feelings and his emotions," Reid stated.
"What do you say to people on both sides of the aisle that you are trying to protect the president?" asked Reid.
SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO
Barr fired back at the reporter, informing her that his remarks about Trump's personal pushback are referenced in Mueller's report.
"Well, actually the statement about his sincere beliefs are recognized in the report — that there was substantial evidence for that," the attorney general said.
"So I’m not sure what your basis is for saying that I am being ‘generous’ to the president."
Reid responded, "It's an unprecedented situation. ... It just seems like there is a lot of effort to say — to go out of your way, to acknowledge —"
"Well, is there another precedent for it?" Barr shot back.
"No," the reporter acknowledged.
"Okay, so unprecedented is an accurate description for it, isn’t it?" he said.
"Yes," Reid answered.
Barr then moved on to other questions.
CBS News' Paula Reid to AG Barr: "Here, you have remarks that are quite generous to the president, including acknowledging his feelings and his emotions. What do you say to people on both sides of the aisle that you are trying to protect the president?" https://t.co/2AcTw6G473 pic.twitter.com/Mri15UAf8A— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) April 18, 2019
According to the Daily Wire, during the briefing, Barr also made it clear that Trump's "personal lawyers were not permitted to make and did not request any redactions" and that the president did not assert executive privilege.
However, Democrats are not quite done with Trump-Russia mania quite yet.
As reported by The Daily Wire on Thursday, Democrat leadership is demanding that Mueller testifies before Congress.
Notably, Barr said he would be fine with this when asked by the media on Monday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a joint statement that Mueller must testify due to Barr's alleged partisan handling of the report.
"Attorney General [William] Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning – hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it – have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality," a statement from the Democrats said.