Sunday, 16 December, 2018

William Barr nominated by Donald Trump to be United States attorney general

Who Is William Barr? Trump considering former Attorney General William Barr as permanent replacement for Jeff Sessions: source
Ellis Copeland | 07 December, 2018, 18:25

The Washington Post reported earlier on Thursday that President Donald Trump could choose his nominee for attorney general in coming days, and that Trump had told advisers he plans to nominate Barr.

Trump's consideration of a new attorney general comes during a critical time for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, of which the next Justice Department chief will inherit oversight. With the current session of Congress set to soon end, anyone Trump nominates may have to wait until well into 2019 for confirmation.

After leaving government, Barr returned to the private sector, where he held several senior executive positions, including with GTE Corporation and Verizon Communications. "Those are the best attorneys general", said Democratic Sen.

Mr. Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under Mr.

In a 2017 interview with The Washington Post, Barr had a critique for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is spearheading the Russian Federation investigation. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., before Barr's hearing on November 12, 1991.

Barr also wrote past year that the administration's decision to fire James B. Comey as FBI director was "quite understandable" because, in his view, Comey had usurped the power of the attorney general when he publicly announced his recommendation not to charge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the investigation of her private email server.

And if they argue that Barr will be Trump's stooge, they better have more evidence than the two statements discussed above.

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Barr said that not pursuing an investigation of "Uranium One" would be evidence that "the department is abdicating its responsibility".

Barr's comments on Mueller and Clinton could stir opposition from Senate Democrats, but the nomination will nearly certainly not come up for a vote until next year.

"In my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party", Barr said.

"I have worked with him for over 25 years and I believe it would be a great choice", Cullen told ABC News. Barr was one tough lawyer.

At least one other contender who has received serious consideration from the White House, according to the person, is Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican.

Barr is reportedly well-liked inside the administration and among Republican lawmakers.

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