After Attorney General Bill Barr offered quite a sympathetic view of President Trump’s behavior that prompted a probe into potential obstruction of justice, even Fox News’ Chris Wallace seemed taken aback by Barr’s defense of Trump.
“I suspect that the President was pretty pleased with the performance of Bill Barr today and particularly on the issue of obstruction,” Wallace said following the press conference.
Wallace argued that Barr’s description of the report’s conclusions on the “collusion” matter was more straightforward, but that Barr seemed quite defensive of Trump when describing the President’s behavior examined for the obstruction part of the probe.
“Then you got into this very curious area where 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,” Wallace said. “Talking about his anger, his feeling that this was unfair and he was being — there were leaks. And really, as I say, making a case for the President. I suspect the Democrats heads on Capitol Hill were exploding, and they are going to come down very sharply about the way that Bill Barr today laid this out.”
Fox News' Chris Wallace assesses Barr's performance at Mueller report press conference pic.twitter.com/ZUDsOdG8sB
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) April 18, 2019