Friday, 14 December, 2018

Trump intends to nominate William Barr as next attorney general

President George H.W. Bush and William Barr wave after Barr was sworn in as Attorney General in 1991 Scott Applewhite Associated Press File/1991 President George H.W. Bush and William Barr wave after Barr was sworn in as Attorney General in 1991
Kenny Thornton | 07 December, 2018, 18:28

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 U.S. ambassador to the UN.

"I've seen very good things about him even over the last day or so, when people thought it might be Bill Barr [as the nominee]", the president said.

Barr, a former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has been emerging this week as a consensus candidate to succeed Jeff Sessions as attorney general, two sources familiar with Trump's thinking told CNN on Thursday.

While he has an extremely conservative record, Barr would also bring to the role seasoned experience and is well regarded in the legal community.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who sits on the Judiciary Committee, called Barr an "interesting pick". Whitaker, who has not been confirmed by the Senate, drew headlines for his prior criticism of the special counsel investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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) may be the kind of person who would be easier to confirm".

"To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility", he said.

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Barr has worked in the private sector since serving as attorney general from 1991 to 1993, retiring from Verizon Communications (VZ.N) in 2008.

"I think getting the next nominee confirmed is going to be a little bit of a challenge", he said.

Barr also said James Comey's firing was "understandable" and that he "crossed a basic line" and "transgressed" in his role as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

It is unclear how Barr views that investigation.

"In my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party", Barr told the Post in July. I was happy that GTE's conduct of the litigation was considerably more aggressive than that of other similarly situated carriers who were also required to share their facilities and equipment with new competitors under the Act.

He's also written that Trump was right to fire Comey as well as former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

Trump heavily derided Mueller's team earlier this year for being comprised of many registered Democrats and Democratic donors.

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