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Fox News legal analyst: William Barr may turn on Trump once he sees what Mueller has

Fox News legal analyst: William Barr may turn on Trump once he sees what Mueller has
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Senate confirmation hearings are underway for William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general. Some supporters of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation have voiced their reservations about Barr, noting that the nominee has spoken out against about some aspects of the probe. But Judge Andrew Napolitano, during a January 15 appearance on Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” asserted that based on Barr’s comments before the Senate, he believes Barr will keep an open mind about Mueller’s evidence.


Napolitano, a libertarian who has often parted company with his colleagues at Fox News, described Barr as “a very serious and almost academic-like thinker” as well as “the adult in the room.” Referencing a memo in which Barr discussed Mueller’s investigation, Napolitano told an “Outnumbered” panel, “There are arguments in favor of what Bill Barr said, and there are arguments against it. But he did acknowledge this morning: I don’t know the facts, I don’t know what they’ve gathered about the president. I was making an academic argument as a private citizen. My mind may be changed the day after I am confirmed, if I am, when I see what Bob Mueller has. I thought that came across very credibly and in a way that made Republicans and Democrats feel comfortable.”

If Barr is confirmed by the U.S. Senate—which is likely—it will not be the 68-year-old Republican’s first time as U.S. attorney general. Previously, he held that position under the administration of the late President George H.W. Bush, who nominated him in 1991. At the time, Democrats had a majority in the U.S. Senate, and Sen. Joe Biden headed the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Barr was easily confirmed.

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