Barr Embarrasses Reporter Suggesting He's Protecting Trump
CBS News' Paula Reid to AG Barr: "Here, you have remarks that are quite generous to the president, including acknowledging his feelings and his emotions. What do you say to people on both sides of the aisle that you are trying to protect the president?" https://t.co/2AcTw6G473 pic.twitter.com/Mri15UAf8A— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) April 18, 2019
Following his public statement discussing the release of the Mueller report, Attorney General William Barr took questions from members of the press.
Paula Reid, a reporter from CBS News, suggested to Barr's face that he has exhibited bias and is "going out of his way" to "protect" the president.
"You cleared the president on obstruction, the president is fundraising off of your comments about spying, and, here, you have remarks that are quite generous to the president, including acknowledging his feelings and his emotions. What do you say to people on both sides of the aisle that you are trying to protect the president?" an incessant Reid asked Barr.
Barr fired back, reiterating that his remarks about Trump's anger and frustration about the origins of this probe and its implications on his presidency were referenced in Mueller's report.
The back and forth didn't end there. (Daily Wire)
"Well actually the statement about his sincere beliefs are recognized in the report — that there was substantial evidence for that. So I’m not sure what your basis is for saying that I am being ‘generous’ to the president," the attorney general said.
Reid responded, "It's an unprecedented situation. ... It just seems like there is a lot of effort to say — to go out of your way, to acknowledge —"
"Well, is there another precedent for it?" Barr shot back.
"No," the reporter acknowledged.
"Okay, so unprecedented is an accurate description for it, isn’t it?" Barr said.
"Yes," Reid admitted.
The veteran litigator then moved on to another journalist.