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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Sunday defended the objectivity of Attorney General William Barr's probe into the origins of the two-year special counsel's investigation of Russian election interference. She claimed that President Donald Trump will let Barr do his job, in spite of statements appearing to indicate that the president had already reached some conclusions on the matter.
Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, Sanders was asked by host Chuck Todd about what, exactly, Trump hopes to see as an end result of Barr's investigation into a number of FBI officials and members of the intelligence community who were key to a 2016 decision to look into the possibility that Trump or people in his campaign might have problematic connections to Russia.
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Todd pointed to a recent tweet from Trump, which read: "My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!"
He then asked Sanders why the president would ask Barr to investigate when "he's already come to a conclusion, already decided what the penalties should be, and has already determined what the jail sentences should be. Isn't this the president playing judge and jury and putting his thumb on the scale here for whatever investigation he claims he wants Mr. Barr to do?"
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Sanders replied by implying that the media had little business asking such a question, saying they had "relentlessly covered and accused the president for over two years of being part of this massive election interference, something that never took place."
She continued: "The idea that anybody now says the president doesn't have the right — and not only that Americans deserve the truth, to push back and find out where all of this started is absurd....
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