In an interview with CBS News legal correspondent Jan Crawford, Attorney General William Barr addressed Robert Mueller's remarks Wednesday, when the former special counsel said the Russia investigation did not implicate or clear the president on obstruction of justice charges. Barr says the special could have reached a decision on whether President Trump obstructed justice, but since Mueller did not, the attorney general had to. Tune in to "CBS This Morning" on Friday for the full interview.
JAN CRAWFORD, CBS NEWS: We saw the special counsel yesterday make the statement that he analyzed 11 instances where there was possible obstruction of justice but he couldn't really make a decision. Do you agree with that interpretation?
ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR: I personally felt he could have reached a decision.
CRAWFORD: In your view, he could have reached a conclusion?
BARR: Right, he could have reached a conclusion. The opinion says you can not indict a president while he's in office, but he could have reached a decision about whether it was criminal activity. He had his reasons for not doing it, which he explained. I'm not going to argue about those reasons, but when he didn't make a decision, the deputy attorney general and I felt it was necessary for us, as the heads of the department, to reach that decision.
CRAWFORD: Well, he seemed to suggest yesterday that there was another venue for this, and that was Congress.
BARR: I'm not sure what he was suggesting, but the Department of Justice doesn't use our powers of investigating a crime as an adjunct to Congress.