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Trump attorney general pick William Barr says Mueller is not on a 'witch hunt'

WASHINGTON - William P. Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, told a Senate panel Tuesday that he did not believe special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was on a "witch hunt" and said he would consult with ethics lawyers on whether he needs to step aside from supervising the probe in light of his critical comments about its direction.

Barr, who served as attorney general nearly three decades ago, also promised to look into the FBI's reported counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was secretly working for Russia after he took office, and how the bureau handled its inquiry into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information when she was secretary of state.

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