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Trump's pick for AG says "will not be bullied"

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Trump's pick for AG says

Trump's pick for AG says "will not be bullied"

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, told lawmakers on Tuesday he would protect a federal probe into Russian election meddling from political pressure, stressing he would bring independence to the job and not shy away from breaking ranks with the administration.

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Trump's pick for AG says "will not be bullied"

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SEN.

DIANE FEINSTEIN, (D) CALIFORNIA, SAYING: "Will you commit to ensuring Special Counsel Mueller is not terminated without good cause, consistent with department regulations?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) WILLIAM BARR, NOMINEE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL, SAYING: "Absolutely." President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general on Tuesday promised to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and defend the Justice Department from political pressure.

At his packed confirmation hearing in Washington, William Barr told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee he would bring independence to the job.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WILLIAM BARR, NOMINEE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL, SAYING: "I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong." But Barr faced intense questions from Democrats over a 19-page memo he sent the Justice Dept last year blasting parts of Mueller's probe as "fatally misconceived." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEN.

DIANE FEINSTEIN, (D) CALIFORNIA, SAYING: "You repeatedly referred to Mueller's quote, sweeping and all-encompassing interpretation of section 15.12.

How do you know what Mueller's interpretation is?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) WILLIAM BARR, NOMINEE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL, SAYING: "I was speculating.

I really said it at the beginning.

I was writing in the dark and we're all writing in the dark." Mueller is investigating election meddling by Russia and possible collusion with Trump's 2016 campaign, which Trump has denied, dismissing the probe as a witch hunt... (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEN.

LINDSEY GRAHAM, (R) SOUTH CAROLINA, SAYING: "Do you believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt against anybody?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) WILLIAM BARR, NOMINEE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL, SAYING: "I don't believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt." Mueller is due to submit a final report to the attorney general, prompting concern from some Democrats that the Trump administration would try to bury his findings.

Barr said he would not let Trump modify the report and would make public as many of Mueller's findings as possible.



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