Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event MORE said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" airing Friday that he doesn't think Obama-era Justice officials committed treason "as a legal matter."
When asked by reporter Jan Crawford whether Barr believes that Obama-era officials committed treason, Barr replied "not as a legal matter."
Asked whether he was concerned about the way officials handled a probe into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and whether they conspired with the Trump campaign, Barr said he was.
"Sometimes people can convince themselves that what they're doing is in the higher interest and better good," he said during the Thursday interview. "They don't realize that what they're doing is really antithetical to the democratic system that we have."
Barr also said during the interview that he believes 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 could have made a determination as to whether President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE obstructed justice.
.@JanCBS: "[Mueller] seemed to suggest there was another venue for this & that was Congress."— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 30, 2019
AG Barr: "Well, I'm not sure what he was suggesting, but the Department of Justice doesn't use our powers of investigating crimes as an adjunct to Congress." https://t.co/vtOcLKpmTJ pic.twitter.com/OPgbpbonGb
President Trump has accused FBI agent Peter Strzok, who served on Mueller's team, of treason.
“This is the FBI we’re talking about — that is treason,” Trump told The Wall Street Journal last year, referring to Strzok's anti-Trump text messages. “That is a treasonous act.”