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

Report William Barr Leading Contender for Trump’s Attorney General

Report William Barr Leading Contender for Trump’s Attorney General

If confirmed, he would replace acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, who was named to the role after Trump fired former Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month.

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

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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. Rosenstein appointed Mueller following Sessions's recusal, a decision that angered the president.

The former attorney general hasn't shied away from weighing in on Mueller's investigation.

Depending on how long his Senate confirmation takes, Barr would likely oversee special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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Other names that have been floated as possible replacements for Sessions include Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, a former federal prosecutor, as well John Michael Luttig, a former US Court of Appeals judge, Justice Department official and current general counsel at Boeing. He was promoted to deputy attorney general next, and then to the top role. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would hold hearings on a nominee.

"Juan exaggerated what Bill Barr said", Rove said, adding that Barr spke in "measured tones" and raised a "legitimate concern".

"To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility", Barr told the New York Times.

The sources say that Barr, who became a corporate executive after leaving the Justice Department, isn't especially keen to return to the attorney general position after 25 years, but will serve if asked to out of a sense of duty. He expressed confidence in Mueller early on and suggested the investigation wouldn't devolve into a "witch hunt", but he also has shared some disappointment when asked by The Washington Post a year ago about the donations that some of Mueller's team members made to Democrats.

Barr has criticised Mueller for hiring attorneys for his team who contributed to Democratic politicians, including Hillary Clinton. "I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group".

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. But some inside the White House were concerned that Barr was too aligned with establishment GOP forces.

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