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Nellie Chapman
December 7, 2018

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

Former US Attorney General William Barr has emerged as US President Donald Trump's likely choice to succeed Jeff Sessions as the nation's chief law enforcement official, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Since leaving the Bush administration, Barr has returned to private practice, including over a decade as the general counsel for Verizon.

It is unclear how Barr views that investigation.

The 68-year-old Republican lawyer has an impressive political resume, spanning the CIA, White House and Department of Justice. In 2017, he told The Washington Post that "prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party".

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His views on the Russian Federation investigation: Barr has remained neutral on whether or not the Mueller probe is legitimate, but he has both written and spoken about many topics relating to players in the investigation.

He told The New York Times in November 2017, in a story about Sessions directing his prosecutors to look into actions related to Trump rival Hillary Clinton, that "there is nothing inherently wrong about a president calling for an investigation" - though Barr also said one should not be launched just because a president wants it. "He's the kind of person who could get confirmed".

His answer reportedly surprised then-Sen.

"The attorney general's oath to uphold the Constitution raises the question whether his duty lies ultimately with the president who appointed him or more abstractly with the rule of law", I said in my confirmation hearings, and have said several times since, that the attorney general's ultimate allegiance must be to the rule of law". He is now an attorney for Washington, DC law firm Kirkland and Ellis.

Barr, a Columbia University graduate, worked at the Central Intelligence Agency while attending the George Washington University Law School at night. Since serving under George HW Bush, he's spent most of his career as a corporate lawyer, so he's more than familiar with Washington's corridors of power. He already received a bachelor's degree in government and a master's degree in government and Chinese studies - both from Columbia University.

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