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AG Barr "surprised" at Mueller's non-decision on Trump

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Published on May 1, 2019 - Duration: 02:12s

AG Barr "surprised" at Mueller's non-decision on Trump

Under pressure from Democrats, Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday defended his decision to clear President Donald Trump of criminal obstruction of justice and said his team was "frankly surprised" that Special Counsel Robert Mueller for not reaching a conclusion of his own on the issue.

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AG Barr "surprised" at Mueller's non-decision on Trump

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Under pressure from Democrats, Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday defended his decision to clear President Donald Trump of criminal obstruction of justice by attempting to impede Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia inquiry and criticized Mueller for not reaching a conclusion of his own on the issue.

Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official, faced sharp questions from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on why he decided after receiving the report from Mueller in March to conclude that the president had not unlawfully sought to obstruct the 22-month investigation.

"We felt that ..

The government would not be able to establish obstruction," Barr said, under questioning by Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat.

Democrats have accused Barr of trying to protect Trump.

Barr defended the way he dealt with the report's release, redactions made by the Justice Department removing parts of the document to protect sensitive information, and his ultimate conclusion that Trump did not obstruct justice.

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