Barr Defends Trump's Obstructive Behavior, Claiming That He Was "Frustrated"
At a press conference Thursday, Attorney General William Barr came to President Trump's defense by sympathizing with the President's actions and circumstances. He criticized the wide media coverage of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe and its effects on President Trump, The Week reports.
Speaking about the Mueller investigation into allegations of Trump's obstruction of justice, Barr said that it's "important to bear in mind context" of Trump's actions during the probe because it was an "unprecedented situation." President Trump faced "relentless speculation in the news media about the presidency's culpability" even though "there was, in fact, no collusion."
According to Barr, Mueller recognizes in his report that there is "substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by his sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency." His frustration, Barr said, is "evidence of non-corrupt motive" that "weighs heavily against any allegation that the president had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation."
Barr previously told lawmakers that Mueller did not reach a conclusion about the obstruction allegations against Trump. But at the press conference today, he said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that there was not enough evidence of the charges.
Upon receiving questions from the press, Barr denied the idea that this description was "generous" to Trump.