>> At his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, President Trump's pick to lead the Justice Department, William Barr, plans to to tell lawmakers that he will protect the Russia probe under Special Counsel Robert Mueller.>> First of all, congratulations on->> According to prepared testimony, Barr will tell them, quote, on my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work.
Mueller is investigating election interference by Russia, and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's 2016 campaign.>> It's an honor to be with you.>> Barr previously served as Attorney General in the early 1990s. In a 20 page memo he sent to the Justice Department last year, he criticized the probe as, quote, fatally misconceived.
But in his testimony, Barr will say the criticism was focused only on his concerns that Mueller might be miss interpreting the law on whether Trump could have obstructed justice. His remarks follow comments he's reportedly made to lawmakers on Capitol Hill including South Carolina Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham.>> He had absolutely no indication that he was going to tell Bob Muller what to do or how to do it.
That he's confident that Mr. Mueller will pursue the facts and the law.>> Democrats are expected to press Barr about his commitment to the Mueller investigation.>> I continue to be concerned about the memo and some of the things he said in the memo, and I also want to ask him more thorough questions under oath.
>> Barr is also expected to emphasize his independence. He'll tell lawmakers that as Attorney General, his allegiance will be to, quote, the rule of law, the Constitution, and the American people.>> He's an outstanding man.>> Trump nominated Barr in December, after forcing out Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation.
>> This is the whole big fat hoax, it's just a hoax.>> Trump has denied any coalition, and frequently refers to the probe as a witch hunt.>> I never worked for Russia, and you know that answer better than anybody.