Collins: 'Disgusting' for Dems to Attack AG Barr Because They Don't Like Mueller Probe's Outcome
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said Friday on "America's Newsroom" that Attorney General William Barr does not deserve to be attacked by Democrats who are disappointed with the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee responded to new comments by outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who defended Barr's handling of the Mueller report.
“He’s being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he’s trying to mislead people, I think, is just completely bizarre,” Rosenstein told The Wall Street Journal, adding that the public should have "tremendous confidence" in Barr.
Collins agreed, saying Barr has done everything "by the book" and has been truthful with Congress.
"It's really disgusting for Democrats ... now that they didn't get what they want, to attack him personally. Bill Barr does not deserve the attacks he is getting," said Collins.
He said lawmakers are prepared for Barr to release a redacted version of the Mueller report next week, as Barr has promised to do.
Barr has taken heat from Democrats for releasing a four-page summary of Mueller's more than 300 pages of findings.
The summary stated that Mueller did not find evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign and prosecutors did not make a decision on whether President Trump obstructed justice.
Barr faced a storm of criticism from Democratic lawmakers and media figures this week for testifying on Wednesday that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign in 2016.
Collins said Democrats should be more concerned about the FBI's actions toward a political campaign and alleged bias by top law enforcement officials. He agreed that Barr reset the conversation around the Trump-Russia probe this week.
Watch the full interview above.