President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, William Barr, has said he will allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to finish the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Wednesday.
Graham told reporters Barr assured him the investigation would continue. “I can assure you he has a very high opinion of Mr. Mueller and he is committed to letting Mr. Mueller finish his job,” Graham said.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold confirmation hearings on Jan. 15 and 16 for Barr, who has come under fire from Democrats for his criticism of the special counsel’s Russia probe.
Lindsey Graham says AG nominee Barr told him he would NOT interfere with Mueller investigation.
Barr told him that he would follow procedure while “airing on the side of transparency” about sharing Mueller’s final report with Congress and the public, per @jeremyherb
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 9, 2019
Lindsey Graham after meeting with AG Nominee William Barr:
“I asked Mr. Barr directly do you think Bob, Mr. Mueller’s on a witch hunt? He said no…And do you see any reason for Mr. Mueller’s investigation to be stopped. He said no.” pic.twitter.com/l6LfXT7V2S
— Jason Donner (@jason_donner) January 9, 2019