Chris Wallace: AG Barr 'clearly is protecting' Trump

Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceCompromise, yes — but how? A pre-debate suggestion Trump tax reveal roils presidential race Voters split on whether Trump, Biden will win first debate: poll MORE said he believes Attorney General Bill Barr "clearly is protecting" President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE and "advocating his point of view" on issues during an interview on "America's Newsroom" on Friday.

Wallace was reacting to fellow anchor Bill Hemmer's interview with Barr during the attorney general's trip to El Salvador. It was Barr's first interview following the release of 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 on his investigation into Russia's election meddling in April.

"What really comes across to me [about the Barr interview] most of all is that for two years Donald Trump sat there and said 'I don’t have an attorney general. I don’t have somebody out there looking for and protecting my interests,' " said Wallace. "He clearly has that now with Bill Barr."

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"Not saying that Barr isn’t right in everything he says. But he clearly is protecting this president and advocating his point of view on a lot of these issues," the "Fox News Sunday" anchor continued. "And I suspect that as President Trump, who probably has watched some of this interview himself, is saying finally, 'No Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRoy Moore sues Alabama over COVID-19 restrictions GOP set to release controversial Biden report Trump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs MORE, Bill Barr instead.' ”

Wallace made similar comments about Barr in April after the attorney general held a press conference in which he offered a staunch defense of the president before the release of the Mueller 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 Hemmer and Sandra Smith on "America's Newsroom" at the time. 

Barr, who replaced Jeff Sessions as attorney general after being confirmed in February, traveled to El Salvador on Wednesday to talk about the Department of Justice strategy on illegal narcotics, the MS-13 gang, illegal immigration and human trafficking, the department said.