Attorney General nominee William Barr told senators that President Donald Trump has not asked him about his views on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
In written answers, Barr stated that during his talks with Trump and other officials in the White House there had been “no discussion of the substance” of the investigation.
“The President has not asked me my views about any aspect of the investigation, and he has not asked me about what I would do about anything in the investigation,” Barr added in response to a question from Senate Judiciary Committee member Democrat Patrick Leahy.
According to The Hill, the fate of Mueller’s investigation has loomed over Barr’s nomination. If confirmed, Barr, who previously served as attorney general to President George H.W. Bush, would have oversight of the probe, which has been a frequent punching bag for Trump.
Barr said at the hearing that the President had asked, during a “brief meeting” in 2017, about “how well” the former attorney general knew Mueller.
“I told him how well I knew Bob Mueller and our — and how, you know, the Barrs and Muellers were good friends and would be good friends when this is all over, and so forth. And he was interested in that, wanted to know, you know, what I thought about Mueller’s integrity and so forth and so on,” Barr told senators during his confirmation hearing earlier this month.
Barr added in his written response to senators that Trump also used the meeting to reiterate “his public statements denying collusion and describing the allegations as politically motivated. I did not respond to those comments.”