Since the release of the suspiciously-redacted Mueller report just hours ago, response has been coming in from every corner of both sides of the highly-partisan aisle, in particular, the side of the Democrats.
In addition to the expected responses however, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace had a mouthful of opinions on Attorney General Barr’s press conference.
— America's Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) April 18, 2019
Trump must be devastated that his good friends over at Fox News are highly suspicious of Barr’s stunt this morning.
Live on air, Wallace gave his insights immediately following the Attorney General’s stunt, stating that he felt Bill Barr sounded more like a counselor to the president, versus the nation’s highest legal representative, meant to work for the people.
Of particular pause for the Fox News anchor, was how Barr aggressively fought to defend the President, holding his conference over an hour before anyone else including the public, was allowed to have access to it. The press conference was held this morning at 8:30am; the final, redacted Mueller report was said to be released for public consumption at 11am.
In part, Wallace said:
‘The attorney general seemed almost to be acting as the counselor for the defense, the counselor for the president, rather than the attorney general, talking about his motives, his emotions.
‘Really, as I say, making a case for the president.’
Throughout Barr’s presser, he staunchly defended the president and stated numerous times, and in various ways, that the report’s findings did not determine that Trump and his associates colluded with Russia in 2016 and also that Trump had not obstructed justice. He attempted to place much emphasis of blame onto Russia exclusively.
‘We now know the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have cooperation of Trump or his campaign or knowing assistance of any other American for that matter.’
More AG BARR: "Apart from whether the acts were obstructive, this evidence of non-corrupt motives weighs heavily against any allegation that the President had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation."
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) April 18, 2019
During a moment that stunned the world, Barr insisted that we all consider the “context” for Donald Trump’s “unprecedented” situation, claiming:
‘President Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered into office, and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates.
‘At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the president’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact no collusion.’
Make of that what you may, but the language Barr used this morning came across as highly protective of, and pro-Trump, as well as infused with the Attorney General’s own emotion and feelings on the report’s final conclusions.
This is astonishing. He’s Trump’s defense attorney.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) April 18, 2019
This, despite an alleged “10 episodes” involving Trump’s intentions which resulted in Mueller determining that Trump may have obstructed justice.
Fox News’s conservative and pro-Trump ways aside, Chris Wallace has remained ironically critical of Trump for quite sometime.
You can view the full, redacted report here.
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.