AG Under GHWB Is Leading Candidate For Trump's AG

07 December, 2018, 18:29 | Author: Carlos George
  • Who Is William Barr?

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he is nominating former Attorney General Bill Barr fill the role left by Jeff Sessions last month. Those advising Trump on the issue said that the president views Barr as someone who is familiar and well-versed in the Justice Department and the demands of the job.

What he used to do: Barr served as Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush for two years, after previously working in both the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel and as Deputy Attorney General.

Sessions departed from the role last month, and Trump named Matthew Whitaker as the government's top lawyer on an interim basis. While some Democrats have already said they'd oppose Barr - who the Washington Post reported Wednesday was the front-runner for the nomination - others signaled their openness to him. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., before Barr's hearing on November 12, 1991. 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. Sources cautioned to CNN, however, that Trump makes the final decision.

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.

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

Mr. Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under Mr. And he has even spoken out against the Russian Federation investigation, telling the New York Times in 2017 that by investigating collusion allegations instead of other issues, some pertaining to the Clintons, "the department is abdicating its responsibility".

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

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

Barr not only said that an investigation of this would be above-board, he claimed it was necessary in the interest of justice. "I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group", he said in July 2017.

He also supported President Trump's move to fire former FBI Director James Comey, writing in an Op-Ed in the Washington Post that Trump made the right move.

"I think it is quite understandable that the administration would not want an Federal Bureau of Investigation director who did not recognize established limits on his powers", Barr wrote in a Washington Post op-ed in May 2017.

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