Bill Barr Unknowingly Admits He Is Trump’s Protector While Saying Trump Tried To Obstruct Justice ‘Legally’
During his hearing on Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr openly claimed that Donald Trump may have tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller but it was “not a corrupt motive.”
“As a matter of law, I think the department’s position would be that the president can direct the termination or the replacement of a special counsel,” said Barr. “And as a matter of law, the obstruction statute does not reach that conduct.”
“What makes this case very interesting is that when you take away the fact that no underlying criminal conduct and you take away the fact that there was no inherently malign instructive act,” he went on, “that is that the president was carrying out his constitutional duties, the question is what is the impact of taking away the underlying crime?”
“The report suggests one impact is that we have to find some other reason why the president would obstruct the investigation, but there’s another impact,” Barr said. “If the president is being falsely accused, which the evidence now suggests that the accusations against him were false, and he knew they were false, and he felt that this investigation was unfair, propelled by his political opponents and was hampering his ability to govern, that is not a corrupt motive for replacing an independent counsel.”
“So that’s another reason that we would say that the government would have difficulty proving this beyond a reasonable doubt,” he added.
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