Fox News resident anti-Trumper and “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace teamed with former FBI Director James Comey to attack Attorney General Bill Barr.
The attacks came on Friday after the attorney general appeared on Fox News and told Bill Hemmer that he was going to investigate the investigators.
Wallace was interviewed by his colleague Sandra Smith and he accused Barr of acting as President Donald Trump’s personal attorney.
“As somebody who does interviews for a living, when you watch somebody else do interviews you always say, ‘Well gee, I would have asked or what about?’”
“I think that brother Hemmer did a hell of a job and squeezed the sponge dry getting everything that Bill Barr was prepared to say.
“And what really comes across to me most of all is that for two years Donald Trump sat there and said, ‘I don’t have an attorney general. I don’t have somebody out there looking for an protecting my interests.’”
“He clearly has that now with Bill Barr. Not saying that Barr isn’t right in everything he says. But he clearly is protecting this president and advocating his point of view on a lot of these issues.
“I suspect that as of this interview himself is saying finally no Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr instead,” Wallace said.
Smith then played a clip of Barr’s interview with Hemmer where Barr answered accusations that he had lied to Congress and Wallace did not approve.
“It’s why we have lawyers. They can sit there and parse language and cut it up into fine pieces. I think what critics would say is, you were being asked both by in the house by Charlie Crist and in the Senate by Chris van Hollen whether you knew the Mueller team was satisfied what you said.
“He took a very lawyerly and precise approach. It was only afterward we found out that, in fact, Mueller had called him the day after he issued his conclusions and said he wasn’t happy with it.
“So look, you know, I’m not a lawyer, Bill Barr is a very accomplished lawyer. He can certainly make a case. Other lawyers who would say whether he lied or not he certainly was not forthcoming to either Crist or van Hollen when he answered their questions about what he knew about Mueller’s opinion,” he said.
Then on Friday night Wallace was joined in his opinion by the former FBI Director Comey who went on the attack against Barr.
“The AG should stop sliming his own Department. If there are bad facts, show us, or search for them professionally and then tell us what you found.
“An AG must act like the leader of the Department of Justice, an organization based on truth. Donald Trump has enough spokespeople,” he said.
“The president claiming the FBI’s investigation was ‘TREASON’ reminds me that a Russian once said, ‘A lie told often enough becomes the truth.’ That shouldn’t happen in America. Who will stand up?” he said.
The AG should stop sliming his own Department. If there are bad facts, show us, or search for them professionally and then tell us what you found. An AG must act like the leader of the Department of Justice, an organization based on truth. Donald Trump has enough spokespeople.
— James Comey (@Comey) May 18, 2019
The president claiming the FBI’s investigation was “TREASON“ reminds me that a Russian once said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” That shouldn’t happen in America. Who will stand up?
— James Comey (@Comey) May 18, 2019
This article originally appeared at The Federalist Papers and was reprinted with permission.
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