WATCH: Klobuchar asks Barr WATCH: Barr says reactions 2 days ago   04:29

Share
PBS NewsHour
Attorney General William Barr said he does not know whether special counsel Robert Mueller looked into President Donald Trump's taxes. Barr said he could try to answer the question -- from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. -- later on if submitted it in writing. Barr also told senators there was a problem with special counsel Robert Mueller’s approach to determining whether Trump obstructed justice. Barr said while some inferences can be drawn from circumstantial evidence, Trump’s individual actions were not illegal, making it difficult to determine whether he acted corruptly as a whole. “It is trying to determine the subjective intent of a facially lawful act, and it permits a lot of selectivity on the part of the part of the prosecutors,” Barr said in response to questions from Klobuchar. Klobuchar, a 2020 presidential candidate, suggested Barr should have looked at the totality of the evidence rather than whether each specific act the president took could have constituted obstruction of justice.

Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG
Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour
Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

Follow us:
Facebook: http://www.pbs.org/newshour
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/newshour
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/newshour
Snapchat: @pbsnews

Subscribe:
PBS NewsHour podcasts: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts
Newsletters: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/subscribe

Comments 0 Comments

Add Reply

WATCH: Barr says reactions WATCH: Klobuchar asks Barr 2 days ago   07:28

Share
In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., asked Attorney General William Barr whether special counsel Robert Mueller's concerns that Barr's initial letter about Mueller's investigation was not adequately nuanced had been resolved by the release of the redacted report. Barr said yes, adding that he found "this whole thing" "mind-bendingly bizarre" because he "had made clear" he would disclose the report. Kennedy also said he found it bizarre that special counsel Robert Mueller had spent a great deal of time probing the question of obstruction of justice and then did not make a recommendation about charges.

Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG
Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour
Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

Follow us:
Facebook: http://www.pbs.org/newshour
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/newshour
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/newshour
Snapchat: @pbsnews

Subscribe:
PBS NewsHour podcasts: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts
Newsletters: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/subscribe