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William Barr knocks Trump’s ‘Lock her up’ rally chants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General nominee William Barr is making clear he doesn’t favor politically motivated prosecutions, rejecting one of President Donald Trump’s favorite rallying cries.

Barr says he doesn’t “subscribe to this ‘Lock her up’ stuff,” a reference to chants encouraging the jailing of Democrat Hillary Clinton that rose to prominence during Trump rallies in the 2016 campaign.

Barr says he doesn’t like the appearance of impropriety that comes from injecting politics into criminal investigations. The comments are a departure from the president, who has routinely cast those who challenge him in the political arena as criminals.

Barr made the remarks Tuesday during his Senate confirmation hearing.

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