MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace declared Friday that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrComey: Barr is ‘sliming his own department’ The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump threatens jail time over ‘treason’ and ‘spying’ Barr dismisses contempt vote as part of ‘political circus’ MORE is the “most dangerous person” in the Trump administration.
Wallace expressed concern on her show that Barr was pushing “demagoguery” with his comments about the origins of the Russia investigation.
“I think Barr’s the most dangerous person that works for Donald Trump because he has Donald Trump’s worldview, Sean HannitySean Patrick Hannity‘SleepyCreepy Joe’ and ‘Crazy Bernie’: Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition – After GOP infighting, Trump Jr. agrees to testify again The Memo: 2020 Dems line up for Maddow primary MORE’s worldview, but he oversees the Justice Department,” Wallace said.
The MSNBC host’s comments came after Barr appeared on Fox News earlier this week and discussed the “multiple” investigations into the origins of the Russia probe.
“His answer — so perplexing, so potentially dangerous to the institutions of law and justice that he oversees — we don’t want to air it without a disclaimer,” Wallace said.
“What you’re about to hear from the sitting attorney general … is not normal,” she continued.
Barr sat down with Fox News during his first international trip to El Salvador and said the U.S. “should be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale” during the course of the federal Russia investigation.
President Trump later appeared to seize on Barr’s comments, saying his 2016 campaign had been “conclusively spied on” by the Obama administration while calling the charge akin to “treason” and demanding jail time for those behind it
Wallace criticized Barr for publicly raising concerns about career law enforcement officials without citing any evidence.
Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: AG Barr ‘clearly is protecting’ Trump Trump, Kudlow ‘had it out’ after contradiction on who is hurt by tariffs: report Pete Buttigieg slow jams the news with Jimmy Fallon on ‘The Tonight Show’ MORE shared a similar view about Barr’s interview, saying the attorney general “clearly is protecting” Trump and “advocating his point of view.”
“What really comes across to me [about the Barr interview] most of all is that for two years Donald Trump sat there and said ‘I don’t have an attorney general. I don’t have somebody out there looking for and protecting my interests,'” said Wallace. “He clearly has that now with Bill Barr.”
“Not saying that Barr isn’t right in everything he says. But he clearly is protecting this president and advocating his point of view on a lot of these issues,” the “Fox News Sunday” anchor continued. “And I suspect that as President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey: Barr is ‘sliming his own department’ GOP Mueller critic says Flynn contacted him during special counsel probe: report Acting DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report MORE, who probably has watched some of this interview himself, is saying finally, ‘No Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsChris Wallace: AG Barr ‘clearly is protecting’ Trump Appeals court rules Trump end of DACA was unlawful Roy Moore wants judge who ruled against him removed from case MORE, Bill Barr instead.'”