Attorney General nominee William Barr said he “would not carry out” an order from President Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller without “good cause.”
Sen. Chris Coons said he was “assuming” there was no good cause.
“I would not carry out that instruction,” Barr said Tuesday during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, pressed on what he would do if Trump ordered him to change the regulations governing Mueller to clear the way for his firing.
Barr said those regulations “should stay in place during the duration” of the investigation.
The senator also questioned him about his actions if the White House sought information from him that would be detrimental to the investigation.
Barr said there are rules about what kinds of information flows between the White House and Justice Department.
“The basic principle is the…