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Trump AG pick says he’s discussed Mueller probe with Pence

Eric Tucker
Associated Press
Attorney General nominee Bill Barr meets with Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Kennedy's office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Judiciary panel is set to vote on Barr's nomination Tuesday.

Washington – President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, William Barr, says Vice President Mike Pence is among the officials with whom he’s discussed the special counsel’s Russia’s investigation.

Barr said in written responses to Senate questions made available Monday that he and Pence have had occasional conversations since 2017. He said some of those conversations included “general discussion of the Special Counsel’s investigation in which I gave my views on such matters as Bob Mueller’s high integrity and various media reports.”

Barr said he never gave Pence legal advice nor did Pence provide confidential information.

Mueller is investigating potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election.

Barr also said he’d resign if Trump claimed executive privilege to cover up evidence of a crime.