Trump Says He'll Nominate William Barr To Return As Attorney General

Trump Says He'll Nominate William Barr To Return As Attorney General

A month after Jeff Session's resignation, Donald Trump may have a top choice for his next attorney general. Trump has elevated Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, to acting attorney general.

President Trump said Friday he will nominate William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the next USA ambassador to the UN.

This, of course, is no normal time - and it didn't take long for interested parties to scour Mr Barr's recent comments and writings in search of any meaningful hints on how he would oversee Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Barr has been somewhat critical of special counsel Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and has claimed there is more basis to investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her role in approving the 2010 acquisition of US uranium stockpiles by a Russian energy company - a complicated deal that has come to be known simply as Uranium One. The other person characterized Barr as "the leading contender".

Democrats won't be encouraged to learn that he expressed support for Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and recommended further investigation of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Barr was attorney general between 1991 and 1993, serving in the Justice Department at the same Mueller oversaw the department's criminal division. Barr is now an attorney for Kirkland and Ellis, a high-profile Washington, D.C., law firm.

The White House declined to comment.

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"He was my first choice since day one", the president said of Mr. Barr, who served as attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration, calling him "a brilliant man". Sessions' decision helped set in motion Mueller's appointment.

The former attorney general hasn't shied away from weighing in on Mueller's investigation.

On paper William Barr looks like a safe pick for USA attorney general. "Those are the best attorneys general", said Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would hold hearings on a nominee.

Barr, he said, could fit that bill.

President Trump could pick William Barr, who has already led the Justice Department, as his next attorney general.

He also defended Trump's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in an op-ed, and has said special counsel Robert Mueller's team lacks balance.

Administration officials expect Barr's nomination would be received positively by Republicans who respect his experience, and Democrats who would likely view him as an old-school Republican lawyer with no particular personal loyalty to the president.

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