Trump Justice pick says Mueller wouldn’t be involved in 'witch hunt'

President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE’s nominee to serve as attorney general, William Barr, said Tuesday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate 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 MORE wouldn’t be involved in a “witch hunt.”

“I don’t believe that Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt,” Barr said in response to questions from Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, at his confirmation hearing.

ADVERTISEMENT

Trump has repeatedly referred to Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference and potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow as a “witch hunt.” The president has described the probe as driven by partisan aims and at some points has called it “illegal” and suggested it should be ended.

Barr has been scrutinized by Democrats and many of Trump’s critics for his past criticisms of the special counsel investigation.

Barr, whom Trump nominated to serve at the helm of the Justice Department in December, used his opening remarks to address those concerns head on and commit to allowing Mueller to complete his work. He also said he would work to make Mueller’s findings available to the public and Congress for the sake of “transparency” as much as he can in accordance with the law.

Barr described Mueller as a colleague and friend.

“I have the utmost respect for Bob and his distinguished record of public service,” Barr said in his opening remarks.

“I believe it is in the best interest of everyone — the president, Congress and, most importantly, the American people — that this matter be resolved by allowing the special counsel to complete his work,” Barr said.