Chris Wallace: Attorney General Barr Is Protecting This President And Advocating For His Interests


"FOX News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace reacts to Attorney General Bill Barr's interview with FNC's Bill Hemmer.

SANDRA SMITH, FOX NEWS: Let's bring if Chris Wallace, anchor of "Fox News Sunday". Good morning to you. I'm sure you've been watching this interview throughout the morning. What is your takeaway so far?

CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS: As somebody who does interviews for a living, when you watch somebody else do interviews you always say, "Well gee, I would have asked or what about?" I think that brother Hemmer did a hell of a job and squeezed the sponge dry getting everything that Bill Barr was prepared to say. And what really comes across to me most of all is that for two years Donald Trump sat there and said, "I don't have an attorney general. I don't have somebody out there looking for an protecting my interests." He clearly has that now with Bill Barr. Not saying that Barr isn't right in everything he says. But he clearly is protecting this president and advocating his point of view on a lot of these issues. I suspect that as of this interview himself is saying finally no Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr instead.

SANDRA SMITH: I want to watch this clip with you, Chris, on Bill Barr answering the question about accusations that he lied and the situation with Charlie Crist and Chris Van Hollen. Here is the attorney general.

BILL HEMMER, FOX NEWS: Bill: When they question your testimony with Charlie Crist and Chris Van Hollen, do you believe you were being upfront?

ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL BARR: Upfront and completely accurate.

HEMMER: Van Hollen asked you if Bob Mueller supported your conclusion. You said I don't know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.

BARR: That question that Van Hollen asked me was about my conclusions along with Rod Rosenstein that there had been no obstruction, and he was asking whether Bob Mueller agreed with those conclusions and I don't know.

HEMMER: In your view, there was no contradiction.

BARR: One was Bob Mueller's conclusion and one was my conclusion.

CHRIS WALLACE: It's why we have lawyers. They can sit there and parse language and cut it up into fine pieces. I think what critics would say is, you were being asked both by in the house by Charlie Crist and in the Senate by Chris van Hollen whether you knew the Mueller team was satisfied what you said. He took a very lawyerly and precise approach. It was only afterward we found out that, in fact, Mueller had called him the day after he issued his conclusions and said he wasn't happy with it. So look, you know, I'm not a lawyer, Bill Barr is a very accomplished lawyer. He can certainly make a case. Other lawyers who would say whether he lied or not he certainly was not forthcoming to either Crist or van Hollen when he answered their questions about what he knew about Mueller's opinion.

(h/t: Contemptor)

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