Fox's Chris Wallace: Barr sounded like a counselor to Trump rather than AG

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP DOJ, Commerce slam House Dems contempt vote as 'political stunt' White House blasts 'shameful and cynical' Barr, Ross contempt vote MORE sounded like a counselor to the president during his press conference Thursday ahead of the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report.

"The attorney general seemed almost to be acting as the counselor for the defense, the counselor for the president, rather than the attorney general, talking about his motives, his emotions," Wallace told "America's Newsroom" anchors Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith. 

"Really, as I say, making a case for the president," he added. 

Barr offered a staunch defense of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE on Thursday morning during a press conference, where he previewed the report's findings and explained why they led him to conclude that Trump had not obstructed justice.

Barr called the report a vindication of Trump over the allegations of collusion with Russian officials. 

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"We now know the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have cooperation of Trump or his campaign or knowing assistance of any other American for that matter," Barr said. 

And Barr said it was important to consider the "context" for Trump's actions.

“President Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered into office, and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates,” Barr said. 

“At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the president’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact no collusion,” he added.

The redacted report will be released to lawmakers Thursday morning.