MSNBC Host Says Trump's 'Errand Boy' AG Barr is 'Making Us More Susceptible to Terrorist Attacks'

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said that Attorney General William Barr is making the United States less safe by seeking international help to discredit intelligence about potential links between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.

Although Trump has repeatedly said he was exonerated by the report produced by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, news outlets reported on Monday that Barr is continuing to seek information that discredits evidence about alleged misconduct during the last presidential election as part of the administration's effort to "investigate the investigators." The New York Times and The Washington Post reported on Monday that Barr had traveled to Italy to seek assistance for John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, who is scrutinizing intelligence work related to the 2016 election.The New York Times also reported that Trump had pushed the Australian prime minister to help Barr in efforts to discredit the Mueller investigation.

The reports from Monday will likely increase scrutiny on Barr, who was already viewed by Democrats as a partisan actor. After the Mueller report was released, Democrats alleged that the attorney general had misrepresented the report in a March 24 summary and a later press conference. Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats later grilled Barr about his presentation of the report and some called for his resignation.

Scarborough was among those already levying criticism.

"The attorney general has turned into nothing more than an errand boy to chase down every one of Donald Trump's stupid conspiracy theories and that is making America less safe. That is making us more susceptible to terrorist attacks," Scarborough said Tuesday morning.

"The attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America, is not focused on keeping America safe. He's only focused on being Donald Trump's errand boy and chasing down conspiracy theories. I say all this just to say this is not what you do when impeachment numbers skyrocket against you. But that's what Donald Trump's doing. It's bad news for him politically and bad news for Republicans, but more importantly, it's really bad news for America."

Twice during his impassioned remarks, Scarborough referred to Barr as the director of the FBI. After the first reference, Scarborough was corrected by co-host Willie Geist but soon referred to Barr again as the FBI director. Co-host Mika Brzezinski corrected him the second time.

Although the FBI falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice, it is not the same and has a separate director. The FBI describes itself as the "principal investigative arm" of the department. While the attorney general is a political apointee, the FBI director serves a 10-year term.

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Attorney General Bill Barr is seen during a luncheon for the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on September 20. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough went after the attorney general Tuesday morning, referring to him as the president's "errand boy." ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images