Trump startled by cozy Barr-Mueller relationship
- For more than eight hours, Barr, 68, appeared at ease, rarely wavering from a measured tone despite facing extraordinary questions into how he would handle the probe that could imperil the presidency.
- Under a Republican-controlled Senate, and needing only a simple majority vote, Barr seems all but certain to be confirmed to the same post he held under President George H.W. Bush.
- Many of the senators' questions regarded the Mueller probe, which Barr would oversee as attorney general.
President Donald Trump was startled Tuesday as he watched television coverage of his nominee for attorney general describing a warm relationship with the special counsel Robert Mueller in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to three people familiar with the matter.
During the first day of his nomination hearing, William Barr described telling the President the first time he met him in June 2017 that he was friends with Mueller, referring to him on a first name basis.
“I have known Bob Mueller for 30 years,” Barr said Tuesday. “We worked closely together throughout my previous tenure at the Department of Justice under President Bush.
We’ve been friends since. And I have the utmost respect for Bob and his distinguished record of public service. And when he was named special counsel, I said his selection was ‘good news’ and that, knowing him, I had confidence he would handle the matter properly. And I still have that confidence today.”
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