Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference

A former FBI official is praising Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump administration awarding M in housing grants to human trafficking survivors Trump stokes conspiracy about Epstein death, stands by wishes for Ghislaine Maxwell Democrats' silence on our summer of violence is a tactical blunder MORE for his press conference before releasing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s report.

“I wanted to commend AG Barr on his professional press conference,” Jeff Danik, now a manager member at consultant group Danik Solutions, told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton during an interview on Thursday.

“This is a good indication that an adult was in the room today on the press conference,” Danik added.

Barr held a press conference Thursday morning before releasing the report to Congress. In his remarks, he repeatedly defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE and explained why he did not find obstruction of justice based on Mueller's findings. Barr also emphasized that it was important to consider the "context" of Trump's actions, saying the president faced an “unprecedented situation” during the investigation. 

Barr faced heavy criticism for his remarks at the press conference. Democrats said Barr acted more like a defense lawyer for the president than the nation's attorney general.

“Barr is acting more like Trump’s defense attorney than the nation's Attorney General,” Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTwitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation Virginia mayor refuses to resign over controversial Biden, 'Aunt Jemima' post Exclusive: Democrats seek to increase racial diversity of pandemic relief oversight board MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted following the news conference.

Top Democrats House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Negotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerGroup of GOP senators back more money for airlines to pay workers GOP super PAC launching August ad blitz Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package MORE (D-N.Y) also took issue with Barr’s characterization of the report.

"As we continue to review the report, one thing is clear: Attorney General Barr presented a conclusion that the president did not obstruct justice while Mueller's report appears to undercut that finding," they said in a joint statement on Thursday.

—Tess Bonn