Chris Wallace: AG Barr 'clearly is protecting' Trump

Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBiden vaccine mandate puts McConnell, GOP leaders in a tough spot The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden's .5 trillion plan will likely have to shrink Breyer says term limits would 'make life easier for me' MORE said he believes Attorney General Bill Barr "clearly is protecting" President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program 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.