President Donald Trump blasted the media for the coverage of the Senate's Russian Federation investigation on Friday and maintained any claims of collusion between him and Moscow is all a "giant and illegal hoax". Democrats have raised concerns that he may limit the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in US elections.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said that Barr, as attorney general, would have the authority to change policies that now might prohibit him from revealing information about Mueller's work and that his nomination must be considered in the context of the historic moment in which the Justice Department finds itself.
Still, the senator said some questions raised over the probe could occupy the committee "for the next decade", and that portions of the final report could be so highly classified that they are never revealed to the public.
Barr appears to have enough support from Republicans, which have a 53-47 advantage in the chamber, to run the Justice Department. I said 'You got a lot of good choices here.' And he asked about Bill Barr I said, 'That would be a great choice I think because you know what you are getting.
William Barr smiles during a break in his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019.
Barr said he takes seriously the department regulations that say Mueller's report should be confidential.
"This is particularly concerning, as nothing in existing law or regulations prevents the attorney general from sharing the report", Feinstein said Thursday. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, called a memo in which Barr was critical of Mueller's probe "disqualifying", saying she's anxious that he has not committed to releasing Mueller's report to Congress.
Democrats have also criticized a memo Barr wrote to the Justice Department before his nomination in which he criticized Mueller's investigation for the way it was presumably looking into whether Trump had obstructed justice.
"This is not the time to install an attorney general who has repeatedly espoused a view of unfettered executive power", Sen.
In an interview with CBS published Thursday, Burr shed a light on the scope of his committee's investigation, which was launched one week before Trump was inaugurated and has now entered its third year. While Barr has vowed to be as transparent as he can be, Democratic lawmakers have said that is not adequate.
"I don't believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt", Barr said.