Trump announces Barr as AG ... again

Trump announces Barr as AG ... again

President Trump said Friday he will nominate William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the next U.S. ambassador to the UN.

William Barr served as attorney general during the late President George H.W. Bush's administration.

If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would succeed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was forced out by Trump in November.

While he has an extremely conservative record, Barr would also bring to the role seasoned experience and is well regarded in the legal community.

In a May 2017 op-ed in The Washington Post, Barr argued President Trump made the right call in firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. But depending on how long the confirmation process takes, it is not clear how much of the investigation would remain by the time a new attorney general takes office. "I would have liked to see him have more balance on the group", Barr said.

Rove noted Barr respects Mueller, who led the FBI's criminal division when the former was AG under Bush.

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

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Barr has also expressed skepticism of the Russian Federation inquiry and encouraged a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's dealings as secretary of state, in what would surely be a sticking point for Democrats if he is nominated.

"I have worked with him for over 25 years and I believe it would be a great choice", Cullen told ABC News.

He also said that there would be nothing wrong with then Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for an investigation into both Clinton and James Comey in regards to Clinton's private email server.

"He thinks that Mueller has too many Democrats on his team", Williams said, noting that Republicans like Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and some members of the Senate do not share that concern.

"What I have said, without mentioning Mr. Barr - I've said, the best thing the administration can do is to get somebody who had majority support from Republicans and Democrats alike for attorney general". Barr was one tough lawyer.

Two people familiar with the discussions said the president has told advisers in recent days that he plans to nominate Barr.

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