Barr says he doesn't think Obama-era Justice officials committed treason

Barr says he doesn't think Obama-era Justice officials committed treason
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Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGiuliani says he won't comply with subpoenas from Democrats Barr bemoans 'moral upheaval' that has brought 'suffering and misery' Trump threatens to sue Schiff and Pelosi 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."

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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) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski 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 MORE could have made a determination as to whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE obstructed justice. 

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.”