Trump: If Barr Had Always Been AG, Mueller Probe ‘Would Not Have Happened’

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 26: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media after he arrived at a Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol March 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. Congressiona... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 26: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media after he arrived at a Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol March 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. Congressional top Democrats have demanded Attorney General William Barr to release special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation report for the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS

During an interview with his best friend Sean Hannity on Wednesday evening, President Trump swiped at his former Attorney General Jeff Sessions by claiming the special counsel’s report “would not have happened” if William Barr had always been attorney general.

“I will say this, our new attorney general, Bill Barr, is a great gentleman,” he told Hannity during a call-in to his Fox News show. “I’ve heard about him for years. He’s a great man. Had he been there initially, this all would not have happened because what has gone on there is just a disgrace to our country.”

Trump lamented how many “innocent people” had their lives “ruined” by the investigation, which wrapped up last week and perpetuated his deep state conspiracy. He also told Hannity that he would take a hands-off approach to follow ups on the report and would let Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — who has proposed investigating how the probe launched and how the Hillary Clinton email scandal was handled — and Barr “do whatever they want to do.”

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