On Thursday, CBS released a teaser clip of their exclusive interview with Attorney General Barr that is due to air on Thursday evening and Friday morning.
In the clip, Barr was asked what he thought about Robert Mueller’s press briefing, specifically the part where he said that he couldn’t make a decision about whether the President committed obstruction.
When asked if he agreed with Mueller’s interpretation of the matter, Barr replied, “I personally felt he could’ve reached a decision.”
The reporter followed up by asking, “In your view, he could’ve reached a conclusion?” Barr replied, “Right, he could’ve reached a conclusion.”
“The opinion says you can not indict a president while he is in office,” Barr continued. “But he could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity. But he had his reasons for doing it, which he explained.”
Barr said he is not going to “argue” about the reasons Mueller provided on why he didn’t make a decision. But he mentioned that when he and Rod Rosenstein saw a decision wasn’t made, they felt it was necessary to make the decision as heads of the DOJ. Video Below
The reporter then brought up Mueller mentioning another venue that could decide if the President committed wrongdoing and if Barr thought he meant for Congress to handle the case.
Barr replied, “Well, I am not sure what he was suggesting. You know, the Department of Justice doesn’t use our powers of investigating crimes as an adjunct to Congress.” Video Below
NEW: Attorney General Barr tells @JanCBS he “personally felt” Special Counsel Robert Mueller “could've reached a decision” on obstruction of justice by President Trump.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 30, 2019