William Barr said he was a good friend of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Responding to a question from Sen. Lindsey Graham, Barr also said Mueller would not be “involved in a witch hunt.”
President Trump has frequently called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt.”
Here’s Barr’s full exchange with Sen. Graham:
Graham: Would you say you have a close relationship with Mr. Mueller?
Barr: I would say we were good friends.
Graham: Would you say that you understand him to be a fair-minded person?
Graham: Do you trust him to be fair to the President and the country as a whole?
Graham: When his report comes to you, will you share it with us as much as possible?
Barr: Consistent with the regulations and the law, yes.
Graham: Do you believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt against anybody?
Barr: I don’t believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt.
Watch the exchange: