Trump Nominates New Attorney General

Trump Nominates New Attorney General

President Trump said Friday he will nominate William P. Barr as attorney general and Heather Nauert as ambassador to the United Nations.

Barr has been somewhat critical of special counsel Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and has claimed there is more basis to investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her role in approving the 2010 acquisition of USA uranium stockpiles by a Russian energy company - a complicated deal that has come to be known simply as Uranium One.

In this November 26, 1991, file photo, President George H.W Bush, right, and William Barr wave after Barr was sworn in as the new Attorney General of the United States at a Justice Department ceremony in Washington.

If nominated and confirmed, he would replace Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who's held the top post since Trump fired Jeff Sessions last month.

The Washington Post first reported the news.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who sits on the Judiciary Committee, called Barr an "interesting pick". Trump praised Barr as a "highly respected lawyer" and "a brilliant man", and he offered similar compliments to the "very talented" Nauert as she presumably takes over for Nikki Haley. Sources cautioned to CNN, however, that Trump makes the final decision. "He's the kind of person who could get confirmed".

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George Terwilliger, who served as the No. 2 official in the Justice Department when Barr was attorney general, said Barr would bring "40 years of high level experience, both in government and in business, which gives him a perspective that fits many of this administration's priorities". "And I think it will go very quickly".

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. Barr is now rumored to be Donald Trump's top contender to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Attorney General nominee William Barr is flanked by Sen.

He was quoted two months later in a Post story as expressing concern that members of Mueller's team had given contributions to Democratic candidates. "I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group", he said in July 2017.

Barr has already made public comments about the Russian Federation probe and the firing of James Comey, which probably figured into Trump's comfort level but will be fodder for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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