Attorney General William Barr's criticism of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report was a further move to try to "pump up" the "fake conspiracy theories" being used by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign to discredit the impeachment proceedings against him, Sen. Chris Coons said Wednesday.
"That Attorney General Barr dismisses (it) out of hand, in sharp contrast to FBI Director Chris Wray, who stands by the conclusions of the inspector general, is to me just one more piece of evidence that the attorney general is not our nation's top law enforcement officer but is instead acting as President Trump's personal attorney," the Delaware Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Since Trump became president, he has been claiming that investigations into his 2016 campaign were a "witch hunt" and a "hoax," said Coons
"That's an investigation that produced six convictions of some of his most senior folks, his campaign manager, his personal attorney, his national security adviser," said Coons. "This inspector general report shows that (the investigation) was without bias and well-founded."
Coons also said Wednesday he's known Wray since law school, and he voted for his confirmation when Trump appointed him, but not for Barr's.
"I suspect events in the days and weeks ahead may bear out the differences in their approaches," said Coons. "There are thousands of men and women every day who go to work at the FBI to protect our nation to keep us safe and to uphold our laws and constitution."
Meanwhile, Trump already has one former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who is serving time in prison, said Coons, and his current attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is "mucking around in Ukraine again and frankly has become somewhat of a laughing stock, despite his respected tenure as mayor of New York."
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