Trump says he'll nominate Barr for attorney general

Nellie Chapman
December 7, 2018

Late President George H.W. Bush (right) listens to Deputry Attorney General William Barr at a White House ceremony announcing Barr's nomination to succeed Attorney General Dick Thornburgh. 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.

U.S. media report he has been critical of some aspects of that inquiry. He has said that Mueller could have been "more balanced" in his choice of prosecutors, a majority of whom have either ties to Democrats or have made donations to them.

Barr is now employed with the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Washington, D.C. There, he still advises corporations with enforcement and regulatory issues, according to The Washington Post.

If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would succeed Jeff Sessions, who was forced out by Trump last month.

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

During this time, he studied law at night at George Washington University. "(Barr) may be the kind of person who would be easier to confirm". He's not exactly a drain-the-Washington-swamp choice, but that has never been a priority in the gilded halls of the upper chamber of Congress.

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However, Democrats have hinted that they will make the nomination process a nightmare for Barr, considering his past criticisms about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

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. He sailed through the Senate confirmation process in November 1991, receiving unanimous approval via a Senate voice vote. In 1977 he received his law degree from George Washington University before working in the Reagan administration as a member of the White House Domestic Policy department.

Barr, a Columbia University graduate, worked at the Central Intelligence Agency while attending the George Washington University Law School at night.

As a young lawyer, he clerked for the DC appeals court.

"It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and succession", Mr. Trump said. He served until the end of Bush's presidency in 1993.

Mr. Barr has been critical publicly of the special counsel's investigation.

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