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Chris Wallace: AG Barr 'clearly is protecting' Trump

Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic' Fox News's Chris Wallace praises Biden's discipline Klobuchar: Impeachment trial 'was about not hiding history' MORE said he believes Attorney General Bill Barr "clearly is protecting" President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 SessionsManchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation 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.