Manchin knocks Barr: He should be focused on protecting the Constitution

Manchin knocks Barr: He should be focused on protecting the Constitution
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Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Schumer: I don't know any 'Democrat who agrees' with O'Rourke on gun seizures O'Rourke: Many Democrats 'complicit' in gun problem MORE (D-W.Va.), one of three Democrats who voted to confirm William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Democrats to seek ways to compel release of Trump whistleblower complaint Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt MORE, said on Sunday that he is concerned by the attorney general's actions. 

"It really gives me pause and concern that he's the people's attorney," Manchin said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"He should be looking out to ... protect the Constitution and all of us who are protected by that Constitution," he added.  

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Manchin said he thinks special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE "was beyond reproach," adding, "I think we all felt that he was extremely capable, honorable and did a great job." 

Mueller in his first public comments last week on the Russia investigation did not say explicitly that he would have accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE of a crime had it not been for Department of Justice (DOJ) policy, but he reiterated that his investigation did not exonerate Trump.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said.

Some analysts have pointed to Barr’s earlier statements as downplaying the role of the Department of Justice guidelines in Mueller’s calculus.

Manchin on Sunday also said that with a little over 17 months to the next election, "very little" would get done if impeachment proceedings against Trump began. 

Manchin said that with no support for impeachment from Senate Republicans, "why waste your time?" 

Manchin and Sens. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) voted to confirm Barr.