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

07 December, 2018, 18:29 | Author: Carlos George
  • Matthew Whitaker acting U.S. attorney general attends the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on Friday Nov. 16 2018

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 USA ambassador to the UN.

Barr shares at least one of the president's views on the probe being conducted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

He has tapped William Barr, former attorney general for the late President George H.W. Bush, for the position.

If confirmed, Barr would replace Matthew Whitaker, who stepped in as acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions resigned in November under pressure from the White House.

While he has an extremely conservative record, Barr would also bring to the role seasoned experience and is well regarded in the legal community. According to the Washington Post, "two people familiar with internal discussions said the president has told advisers in recent days that he plans to nominate Barr".

During the Senate confirmation hearings when he was first appointed attorney general, Barr said he did not agree with the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision and viewed abortion as an issue best left to the states, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.

Trump has been known to change his mind on key personnel decisions before announcing them.

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

Mr. Barr is seen as the leading candidate for the nomination if Mr. Trump does not decide to stay with Mr. Whitaker for an extended period, several Justice Department officials said this week.

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

Attorney General nominee William Barr (center) chats with then-Sen.

Barr has criticised Mueller for hiring attorneys for his team who contributed to Democratic politicians, including Hillary Clinton.

He also defended Trump's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in an op-ed, and has said special counsel Robert Mueller's team lacks balance. 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".

As far as what we could expect from an Attorney General Barr in 2019, one can look to a piece he co-penned for the Washington Post with other former AGs in support of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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