Trump Says He'll Nominate William Barr To Return As Attorney General
Dec 07 2018
Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who served under former President George H.W. Bush, is the leading candidate for the job as a permanent replacement for Jeff Sessions, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Barr, who served as USA attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, is a well respected lawyer among Republicans, and following his time as AG served as general counsel and executive vice president of Verizon Communications.
Barr has criticised Mueller for hiring attorneys for his team who contributed to Democratic politicians, including Hillary Clinton. He sailed through the Senate confirmation process in November 1991, receiving unanimous approval via a Senate voice vote.
In 2016, former US Attorney General William Barr supported Donald Trump's nominee, Jeff Sessions, for the post Barr once held.
After passing his senate confirmation hearing unanimously, he served as the 77th United States attorney general from 1991-1993. And if they argue that Barr will be Trump's stooge, they better have more evidence than the two statements discussed above.
Currently, Mr Barr is counsel at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Washington DC. Barr is now rumored to be Donald Trump's top contender to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Barr served in the Bush administration from 1989 to 1993, starting out as an assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel before becoming the deputy attorney general in 1990.
"I've seen very good things about him even over the last day or so, when people thought it might be Bill Barr [as the nominee]", the president said.
In some of those conversations, Mr. Trump has also repeatedly asked whether the next pick would recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel investigation into whether his campaign conspired with Russian Federation in its interference in the 2016 election, several people said.
"To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility", Barr told the New York Times.
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.
Those comments elicited a sharp response from Rove, who demanded that Williams "go back and read" what Barr has said about Mueller and the probe. Barr was one tough lawyer.
"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.