Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on Thursday ripped into President Trump’s handpicked Attorney General Bill Barr for deceiving his viewers and the American people about the principle conclusions contained in special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
Smith said it was not clear whether Barr thinks he is working for the American people or if he thinks he is working as the president’s personal defense attorney.
“If the goal is to control the narrative though — though the attorney general is supposed to work for the people, not the president — in this case if you’re the president and the attempt is to control the narrative, in other words to tell people, here’s what it’s going to say before it gets out there, all 448 pages, if I’m the president, I’m happy with what William Barr did this morning,” he explained.
“But if I’m one seeking the truth about what is in this report, in many cases we were deceived,” he noted.
“Specifically, he said that the president fully cooperated, where the president was openly trying to keep people from cooperating and openly trying to keep his own testimony from them,” Smith reported. “That is not full cooperation by anyone’s definition.”
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace also blasted Barr for sounding more like Trump’s personal counselor than the Attorney General of the United States.
“The Attorney General seemed almost to be acting as the counselor for the defense, the counselor for the president, rather than the attorney general, talking about his motives, his emotions,” Wallace told “America’s Newsroom” anchors Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith.
“Really, as I say, making a case for the president,” he added.
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MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace similarly ripped into Barr’s performance, asking: “Why have we heard from Barr five times if the Mueller report is so awesome for Donald Trump? We have now heard from someone who is a human shield of Mueller’s findings five times. If Mueller exonerated Trump … why have we heard from Barr five times?”