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

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

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial McConnell: I doubt any GOP senator will vote to impeach Trump Manchin warns he'll slow-walk government funding bill until he gets deal on miners legislation MORE (D-W.Va.), one of three Democrats who voted to confirm William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrJudge rejects DOJ effort to delay House lawsuit against Barr, Ross Holder rips into William Barr: 'He is unfit to lead the Justice Department' Five takeaways on Horowitz's testimony on Capitol Hill 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 MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts 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 TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed 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.