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Nadler on Bill Barr: "He's a biased defender of the administration"

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he dismisses what Attorney General William Barr wrote about clearing President Trump of obstruction of justice, calling Barr "a biased defender of the administration."

"Remember, he is a biased person. He is someone who is an agent of the administration. He is a political appointee of the president, whose interests he may very well be protecting here. ... I dismiss what he said. He's a biased defender of the administration, and he's entitled to be a defender of the administration, but he's not entitled to withhold the evidence from Congress.

Why it matters: Special counsel Robert Mueller chose not to exonerate Trump on the question of whether he obstructed justice. Barr's decision to take the matter into his own hands and clear the president has sparked outcry from Democrats and invigorated their efforts to obtain the full Mueller report, especially in the wake of media reports that Mueller's team expressed frustration at Barr's characterization of the obstruction findings.

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