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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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 CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsTrump got in Dem’s face over abortion at private meeting: report Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Actor Chris Evans meets with Democratic senators before State of the Union 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.