Donald Trump Confirms He Will Nominate William Barr as Next Attorney General

Frederick Owens
December 7, 2018

Barr, if nominated by Trump and confirmed by the Senate, would replace Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who has been filling the position since Sessions was ousted on November 7.

In his resignation letter, Sessions took one final jab at the president, writing: "Most importantly, in my time as Attorney General we have restored and upheld the rule of law-a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard". He now Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. "Those are the best attorneys general", said Democratic Sen.

Barr has already held the position of attorney general, serving under the late President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993.

Any confirmation hearing for a new attorney general will likely be dominated by questions about how the nominee would handle political pressure from the White House, and oversee the ongoing Russia probe into whether any Trump associates conspired with Russian officials to interfere in the last presidential election.

The White House is hopeful that Barr's experience, which also includes a stints at the Central Intelligence Agency and in the Reagan administration, will help steer his nomination past the Senate.

The Washington Post first reported the news.

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

In a 2017 opinion piece for the Post, Mr Barr said Mr Trump had been right to fire FBI director James Comey because he "crossed a line" by announcing the outcome of the investigation into Mrs Clinton's emails.

Barr has been on a White House short list of contenders for several weeks, said a person with knowledge of internal discussions who was not authorized to speak publicly.

"What I have said, without mentioning Mr. Barr - I've said, the best thing the administration can do is to get somebody who had majority support from Republicans and Democrats alike for attorney general".

The prospect of Barr taking over the Justice Department was well-received by some leading members of Congress in both parties Thursday.

Later, he advised corporations on regulatory litigation, according to his biography. Mr. Barr, 68, is a former general counsel and executive vice president of Verizon Communications who works now as a lawyer at the firm of Kirkland & Ellis.

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