Trump AG pick: I won't be 'bullied' by anyone, including the president

Trump AG pick: I won't be 'bullied' by anyone, including the president
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, on Tuesday said that he wouldn't allow himself to be influenced or "bullied" by anyone, including President Trump.

"I'm not going to do anything that I think was wrong, and I won’t be bullied into doing anything that I think is wrong, whether it be editorial boards or Congress or the president," Barr said during his nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I’m going to do what I think is right," he added.

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Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenators struggle to get spending bills off ground as shutdown looms Trump defends push to ban flavored e-cigarettes: Let's 'keep young children from Vaping!' Overnight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine MORE (D-Ill.), citing the president's repeated criticism of former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE, had asked Barr why he would want the job if he could be subjected to the same kind of remarks.

"[Sessions] was subjected to unrelenting criticism because he decided ... he had a conflict of interest," Durbin said, citing Sessions's decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russia election interference.

"When you consider this president has lashed out on a personal basis against federal judges who rule against his administration ... when you consider the exit lanes flooded from the White House ... why do you want this job?" the Illinois Democrat asked.

Barr said he wanted the job because he "loves the department."

He also referred to the FBI and Department of Justice as "critical institutions that are essential to preserving the rule of law" and the "heartbeat" of U.S. law enforcement.

And he added that he believes that he is in a position, as he does not have future political ambitions, to carry out the job in an independent manner.

"I feel that I’m in a spot in life where I can provide the leadership necessary to protect the independence and the reputation of the department and serve in this administration," Barr said.