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Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrSchiff says DOJ hasn't complied with subpoena for Mueller report Flynn provided details in Mueller's obstruction inquiry, new memo shows Eric Holder: 'There are grounds for impeachment' in Mueller report MORE gave two rare interviews on Friday defending his decision to investigate the origins of the Russia probe.
“Just like we need to ensure that foreign actors don’t influence the outcome of our elections, we need to ensure that the government doesn’t use its powers to put a thumb on the scale," Barr told The Wall Street Journal.
Barr this week reportedly appointed a special counsel to investigate the 2016 decision by officials at the Department of Justice and the FBI to launch an investigation into Russian election interference, which eventually involved a sprawling probe of actions by President TrumpDonald John TrumpIreland Prime Minister says protests are 'allowed' and 'welcome' for Trump's visit Gabbard: US must not go to war with Iran Bullock opens Iowa bid pitching rural credentials MORE and his associates.
Trump and Republicans have alleged bias was at the root of the investigation. Democrats have called an investigation into the investigators politically motivated.
"I’ve been trying to get answers to the questions and I've found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate and some of the explanations I've gotten don't hang together, in a sense I have more questions today than when I first started," Barr told Fox News, speaking from El Salvador.
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