Brian Williams mocked for 'Baghdad Bob' comparison to AG Barr

Brian Williams mocked for 'Baghdad Bob' comparison to AG Barr

MSNBC’s Brian Williams is coming under criticism from conservatives for saying that headline writers may compare Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump math: 1 + 1 + 1 = zero accountability Trump's declassification order helps Barr to uncover the truth Liz Cheney: Statements by agents investigating Trump 'could well be treason' MORE to “Baghdad Bob," the former press secretary to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein during the U.S.-Iraq war.

Williams made the reference to Iraqi press secretary Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf not long after the end of Barr's press conference on Thursday ahead of the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE's report.

"It's already been mentioned around here, it would harken back to a conflict decades ago," Williams said on Thursday in reference to the Iraq War that began in 2003. "We would not be surprised if some headline writer somewhere came up somewhere with 'Baghdad Bill Barr' for what we saw today."   

Conservatives ripped into Williams for the remark, with some mentioning his six-month suspension in February 2015 after he embellished several stories he covered during the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina.