(Bloomberg) -- William Barr, President Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, says he’d let Special Counsel Robert Mueller “complete his work” and that he’d provide Congress and the public as much of the findings in the Russia probe as possible.
“The country needs a credible resolution of these issues,” Barr said in opening remarks prepared for his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday. “If confirmed, I will not permit partisan politics, personal interests, or any other improper consideration to interfere with this or any other investigation.”
Barr stopped short, however, of guaranteeing that all of Mueller’s findings will be given to Congress and the public.
“My goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law,” he said. “I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based solely on the law and will let no personal, political, or other improper interests influence my decision.”
Barr, who served as attorney general previously in the 1990s, said “President Trump has sought no assurances, promises, or commitments from me of any kind, either express or implied, and I have not given him any, other than that I would run the department with professionalism and integrity.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold two days of confirmation hearings. Republican Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he’s “very comfortable’’ with answers Barr, 68, gave him in a private meeting on Mueller’s job security. But Dick Durbin, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, said Barr needs to give “ironclad, rock-bottom assurances” that Mueller will be allowed to finish his work.
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