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WATCH: Barr says he declined to join Trump defense team

WASHINGTON — Attorney general nominee William Barr says he turned down joining President Donald Trump’s defense team in the Russia investigation.

Barr says he personally told Trump he couldn’t represent him and spoke up for special counsel Robert Mueller’s integrity. Barr says he told the president that Mueller is a “straight shooter and should be treated as such.”

Barr said at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he took the meeting with the president after he was approached in June 2017 by the U.S. ambassador to Israel about helping Trump’s legal team.

Barr detailed his conversations with Trump during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mueller is investigating potential ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Trump has called the Russia probe a “witch hunt.”

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