>> Will you commit to ensuring that Special Counsel Mueller is not terminated without good cause?>> Absolutely.>> President Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General on Tuesday promised to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and defend the Justice Department from political pressure.>> I'm gonna do what I think is right.
>> At his packed confirmation hearing in Washington, William Barr told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would bring independence to the job.>> And I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong by anybody.>> Andy Sullivan is following at a hearing.>> So William Barr came into this hearing intent on making one point, that his primary allegiance would be to the rule of law, not to President Trump.
That he's gonna do everything he can to make sure that Mueller is able to complete his investigation free from political interference.>> Mueller is investigating election meddling by Russia and possible collusion with Trump's 2016 campaign which Trump has denied, dismissing the probe as a witch hunt.>> Do you believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt against anybody?
>> I don't believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt. Bob is a straight shooter and should be dealt with as such.>> Mueller is due to submit a final report to the attorney general, prompting concern from some Democrats that the Trump administration would try to bury his findings.
>> This is a really crucial factor because in the months to come if he's confirmed, he almost certainly will be put in a pretty uncomfortable position as he'll be receiving special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia probe. He'll have to decide what to do with it, what parts to make public.
>> Barr said he would not let Trump modify the report. And would make public as many of Mueller's findings as possible.>> Your policies might be misguided->> Barr faced intense questions from Democrats over a 19 page memo he sent the Justice Department last year blasting parts of Mueller's probe as fatally misconceived.
>> The memo did not address or in any other way question the special counsel's core investigation.>> Sounds like it was an effort on your part to ingratiate yourself with an administration which is now nominating you for Attorney General.>> I can assure you I was not trying to ingratiate myself with anybody.
The furthest thing from my mind was coming back into government, I can assure you that.>> Would it be appropriate.>> Democrats also pressed Barr on whether he would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia probe if the Justice Department's Ethics Office were to recommend it. Barr said he would seek their advice, but that it was ultimately his call.