In his opening remarks, Attorney General William Barr defended his "independent judgment" and said President Trump "has not attempted to interfere" in the criminal decisions he's made. Barr said he feels he has "complete freedom" to do "what is right"
"As I said in my confirmation hearing, the attorney general has a unique obligation. He holds and entrusts the fair administration of the administration of justice. He must ensure that there is one standard of justice that applies to everyone equally and that criminal cases are handled even handedly based on the law and the facts and without regard to political or personal considerations, and I can tell you that I have handled criminal matters that have come to me for decision in this way," Barr said.
"The President has not attempted to interfere in these decisions. On the contrary, he has told me from the start that he expects me to exercise my independent judgment, to make whatever call I think is right, and that's precisely what I've done," Barr continued.
Barr has come under fire for lessening the sentencing recommendation for Trump's longtime friend Roger Stone and moving to dismiss charges against Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Hear his full opening remarks: