His answer was about as on the nose as you could get
Attorney General William Barr quickly and concisely shut down a CBS News reporter during a press conference on Thursday.
The conference concerned the new release of the redacted version of the report compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in regard to alleged Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.
What are the details?
During the conference, Barr doubled down on his initial remarks that neither President Donald Trump nor anyone in his campaign engaged in any collusion.
After confirming that information with the release of redacted version of the report, Barr said, “the special counsel found no evidence that any American, including anyone associated with the Trump campaign, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.”
He went on to take questions from the media present at the conference.
One reporter, Paula Reid from CBS News, went on to point out that she felt Barr has been biased in favor of Trump and appeared to be going out of his way to protect the president.
“You cleared the president on obstruction, the president is fundraising off of your comments about spying, and, here you have remarks that are quite generous to the president, including acknowledging his feelings and his emotions. So what do you say to people on both sides of the aisle who are concerned that you are trying to protect the president?” Reid asked.
Barr responded that his very comments are published in the Mueller report.
“Well actually, the statement about his sincere beliefs are recognized in the report, that there was substantial evidence for that,” he answered, “so I’m not sure what your basis is for saying that I am being ‘generous’ to the president.”
Ready with an answer of her own, Reid answered, “It’s an unprecedented situation. It just seems like there is a lot of effort to say — to go out of your way, to acknowledge …”
Barr took the opportunity to cut her off, and fired back, “Well is there another precedent for it?”
Reid conceded that there was not.
“OK,” Barr responded. “So unprecedented is an accurate description.”
Reid attempted to regain control of the question, but Barr was apparently unimpressed with the reporter’s efforts and moved on to take other questions.
Author: Sarah Taylor