Senate Panel Approves Trump’s Attorney General Nominee William Barr

Senate Panel Approves Trump’s Attorney General Nominee William Barr

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.

Barr is expected to win confirmation in the Republican-controlled chamber as soon as next week, after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve him by a party-line vote of 12 to 10. The Washington Post, CNN and NPR have coverage.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's ranking member, opposed Barr's confirmation, citing a memo he wrote the Justice Department past year before he was nominated criticising the wide-ranging Russian Federation inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Barr previously served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush from November 1991 until January 1993. He will now go to the full Senate, where he needs a simple majority to be confirmed. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, called a memo in which Barr was critical of Mueller's probe "disqualifying", saying she's anxious that he has not committed to releasing Mueller's report to Congress. "I voted against Mr. Barr's nomination because I have little confidence in his willingness and ability to meet this challenge". Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who has co-sponsored a bill requiring the findings be released.

Blumenthal said not releasing Mueller's report would be akin to a "coverup." Sen.

"I believe it is in the best interest of everyone the President, Congress, and, most importantly, the American people - that this matter be resolved by allowing the Special Counsel to complete his work", Barr said. Durbin said he would vote no.

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A practicing Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Barr said in his confirmation hearings that he did not believe his faith would hinder his ability to serve as an effective attorney general.

This is particularly concerning as nothing in existing law and regulations prevents the attorney general from sharing the report. Senate Democrats expressed concern that Barr would not make the results of the investigation public.

Barr pledged at his confirmation hearing to keep politics out of Justice Department decisions and said he would refuse an instruction from the president to fire Mueller absent good cause to do so.

"This is not the time to install an attorney general who has repeatedly espoused a view of unfettered executive power", Sen.

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