William H. Barr Is Reportedly Trump's Attorney General Front-Runner

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2018

President Trump announced Friday his intention to nominate William Barr to be attorney general, according to the White House pool.

Barr, who served as George H.W. Bush's attorney general from 1991 to 1993, would take over a department that has come under frequent attack by the president.

Barr not only said that an investigation of this would be above-board, he claimed it was necessary in the interest of justice.

Even if Barr were announced as the president's choice this week, it could take months for a confirmation vote, given the congressional schedule.

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


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The Washington Post reported earlier on Thursday that President Donald Trump could choose his nominee for attorney general in coming days, and that Trump had told advisers he plans to nominate Barr.

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.

Democrats would presumably want reassurances that Barr, who as attorney general would be in position to oversee Mueller's investigation, would not do anything to interfere with the probe.

Trump made no secret of his disdain for his attorney general after Sessions recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.


To that end, in reference to the Uranium One deal that gave a Russian state-backed firm control of 20% of US uranium production, Barr said there is more of a reason to look into that deal than possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

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".

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".

Barr wrote in a May 2017 op-ed that Trump was right to fire FBI Director James Comey, asserting that the former director "crossed a line" in the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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


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