Who Is William Barr?

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2018

President Donald Trump's top candidate to succeed ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly William Barr, who served as the attorney general under late President George H.W. Bush.

After criticism that his acting attorney general wasn't confirmed by the Senate, President Trump is considering a permanent replacement who was confirmed in the role decades ago, insiders say.

This story is breaking and will be updated. The other person characterized Barr as "the leading contender". He is now a lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis and does work advising corporations on government enforcement and regulatory actions.

On November 7, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request President Donald Trump.

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


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.

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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.

He also defended Trump's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in an op-ed, and has said special counsel Robert Mueller's team lacks balance. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), a former Judiciary chairman who remains on the committee suggested Wednesday that Barr would get bipartisan support in the Senate.

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.


Richard Cullen, who served as U.S. Attorney under Barr, describes him as a good pick for the role.

His views on the Russian Federation investigation: Barr has remained neutral on whether or not the Mueller probe is legitimate, but he has both written and spoken about many topics relating to players in the investigation.

Barr said that not pursuing an investigation of "Uranium One" would be evidence that "the department is abdicating its responsibility". But some inside the White House were concerned that Barr was too aligned with establishment GOP forces.

One of the people who spoke to the AP said there have been discussions among senior administration officials about Barr's willingness to do the job, and said the belief was that he was open to doing it if asked.


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