Schumer unsatisfied with AG nominee Barr's position on Mueller probe

Schumer unsatisfied with AG nominee Barr's position on Mueller probe
© Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats urge Biden to extend moratorium on student loan payments White House draws ire of progressives amid voting rights defeat Murkowski to vote 'no' on voting rights bill MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday said President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, refused in a private meeting to unequivocally say he won’t interfere with the Russia investigation and refused to commit to releasing the special counsel’s report.

“So despite the fact that there were some nice words at the hearing, we do not have the kind of strong, clear commitments to the report being issued and there being no interference in the investigation that are needed, particularly now with President Trump treating the Justice Department as he has,” Schumer told reporters shortly after his meeting with Barr.

The meeting came a day after Barr's confirmation hearing where he was grilled by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about his stance on the Mueller probe.


Barr told committee members that under his watch, Mueller would be allowed to complete his investigation.

Some Democrats, including Sen. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsLobbying world Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Progressive groups ramp up pressure on Feinstein MORE (D-Del.), said they were encouraged, even happy with Barr's answers regarding Mueller, according to media reports.

But Schumer said Wednesday his opposition to the nomination has not changed.

Schumer maintained that after Tuesday's hearing it was less clear if Barr would issue Mueller’s full report and allow the investigation to continue uninterrupted.

“He said he’s for transparency," Schumer said. "That’s not good enough, especially with someone like Donald Trump who has treated the justice Department almost as if it’s his personal fiefdom."

As for the investigation, Schumer said Barr would not commit to that either.