Barr says Trump asked him for no promises

Barr says Trump asked him for no promises

"On my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work", Barr plans to say under oath to Congress, according to a four-paged testimony released Monday - one day before the attorney general nominee's highly-anticipated confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Until a new attorney general is confirmed, the department is led by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. "And, if you confirm me, that is how it will be, and I have not given him any, other than that I would run the Department with professionalism and integrity". But he said that the memo in no way questioned the core investigation and did not address other obstruction theories.

Barr acknowledged a president can commit obstruction of justice by destroying evidence or tampering with witnesses. If Barr is confirmed by then, he'll have the final say, unless a conflict of interest required him to recuse himself from being in charge of Mueller.

But Barr's comments are unlikely to satisfy Democratic demands for what Dick Durbin of IL, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, on Sunday called "ironclad, rock-bottom assurances" that Barr wouldn't interfere with Mueller's work. Barr has vowed to preserve special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

He has come under criticism from Democrats for the memo, which he sent Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"William Barr, who has wrongfully suggested that LGBTQ people - not Trump and his destructive policies - have harmed the United States, is the latest in a long line of replacements who President Trump has appointed to his Cabinet who are just as anti-LGBTQ as their predecessors", said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD in a statement to Towleroad. "I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based exclusively on the law and will let no personal, political, or other improper interests influence my decision".

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He also said former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was right to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation because of his role in the 2016 campaign, something that infuriated the president and led to Sessions' removal.

The Senate has a duty to ask President Trump's nominee for attorney general probing questions about his troubled past as a defender of presidential pardons and the shady dealings of former President George Herbert Walker Bush with regard to the Iran-Contra investigation. He also called the probe into whether Trump obstructed justice 'fatally misconceived.' Rosenstein said it didn't have an impact on him. Barr said he wrote it himself "as a former Attorney General who has often weighed in on legal issues of public importance".

Sessions, a former Alabama senator, had, by all reports, a hard time as Trump's top Justice Department official.

Barr sought to explain the memo, telling lawmakers he distributed it so "other lawyers would have the benefit of my views".

Mueller is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election, possible collusion between the Kremlin and Republican Trump's campaign, and potential obstruction of justice.

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