It looks like things concerning William Barr, President Trump’s latest nominee for attorney general, are already getting off on the wrong foot.
According to the prepared testimony that Barr intends to give at his confirmation hearing, it seems Barr has no intention of protecting the president from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.
“On my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work,” Barr’s prepared remarks show.
This is likely surprising news for Trump who appointed Barr partially because of comments he made regarding the investigation.
Previously, Barr had sent a memo that explained how the probe was “fatally misconceived.” Now however, it appears Barr is doing his best to undermine those assertions.
“The memo did not address – or in any way question – the Special Counsel’s core investigation,” Barr is expected to present.
This backtracking goes along with Barr distancing himself from the president. He has repeatedly pointed out that he has not pursued the attorney general position, rather that Trump has sought him out for it. He also notes that he has not offered Trump and assurances of loyalty.
“As Attorney General, my allegiance will be to the rule of law, the Constitution, and the American people,” Barr will contend.
“If confirmed, I will not permit partisan politics, personal interests, or any other improper consideration to interfere with this or any other investigation,” Barr’s written remarks show.
Barr has previously acted as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush and is expected to bring some political pedigree to Trump’s administration.