Trump announces Barr as AG ... again


According to multiple sources speaking on the condition of anonymity to the Washington Post, Mr. Trump has told his advisers in recent days that he plans to nominate William P. Barr as his next attorney general.

"He was my first choice since day one", the president said of Mr. Barr, who served as attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration, calling him "a brilliant man".

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.

Under Bush 41, Barr was a hardliner on crime, advocating for expanding state and federal prison systems.

On paper William Barr looks like a safe pick for USA attorney general.

In the early 1990s, as attorney general, Barr supervised Robert Mueller in his work as the chief prosecutor for the Department of Justice criminal division.

Barr, however, has loyally supported many of Trump's decisions from the sidelines.

People familiar with Trump's deliberations told The Washington Post that Barr is the favorite to take over the job of US Attorney General.

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Barr was the general counsel of GTE when I represented that company (as one of dozens of lawyers from at least four law firms to do so) in contentious litigation following the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. At the time, White House officials said Trump was in no rush to nominate a permanent successor to Sessions, whom he fired November 7.

The Mueller probe has been an Achilles heel for the office of attorney general the past couple of years.

The issue many Democrats and some Republicans may have with a possible Barr nomination are statements he made in the past about Hillary Clinton, James Comey and the president's authority to investigate the Uranium One deal.

That person said those advising the president viewed Barr as someone who knows the department well, and is a good manager.

Senate Democrats have sued the administration over the appointment, arguing it wasn't constitutional. "I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group", he said in July 2017.

"To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility", he said.

Barr also wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post previous year defending Trump's controversial decision to fire former attorney general James Comey.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No 2 Republican leader, agreed.