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

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

William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a top contender for that job in President Donald Trump's Cabinet, two people familiar with the president's selection process said Thursday.

How does Barr view the Mueller investigation? But depending on how long the confirmation process takes, it is not clear how much of the investigation would remain by the time a new attorney general takes office.

Under Bush 41, Barr was a hardliner on crime, advocating for expanding state and federal prison systems.

After passing his senate confirmation hearing unanimously, he served as the 77th U.S. attorney general from 1991-1993.

One person familiar with the discussions cautioned that while Barr is the leading candidate, the decision is not final and the president could decide to pick someone else.

These comments were made days after a Washington Post report quoted Barr as saying the following about Clinton: "I do think that there are things that should be investigated that haven't been investigated".

Barr was the general counsel of GTE when I represented that company (as one of dozens of lawyers from at least four law firms to do so) in contentious litigation following the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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On November 7, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request President Donald Trump.

Democrats would presumably want reassurances that Barr, who as attorney general would be in position to oversee Mueller's investigation, would not do anything to interfere with the probe. He expressed confidence in Mueller early on and suggested the investigation wouldn't devolve into a "witch hunt", but he also has shared some disappointment when asked by The Washington Post a year ago about the donations that some of Mueller's team members made to Democrats.

Rove noted Barr respects Mueller, who led the FBI's criminal division when the former was AG under Bush.

He has said that Robert Mueller hired too many prosecutors with Democratic campaign ties for his investigative team - telling the Washington Post he "would have liked to see [Mueller] have more balance". Barr was one tough lawyer.

He also said that there would be nothing wrong with then Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for an investigation into both Clinton and James Comey in regards to Clinton's private email server.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No 2 Republican leader, agreed.

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