Reports indicate that President Trump plans to nominate William Barr as his next Attorney General.
Barr, the former George H.W. Bush attorney general, has been critical of the Robert Mueller Russia probe, and he also backs President Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.
The Hill Reporter reported that Barr, who served as US attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, is a well respected lawyer among Republicans, and following his time as AG served as general counsel and executive vice president of Verizon Communications.
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.
In November of 2017 Barr told the New York Times he believed there was more basis to investigate the Uranium One deal that Clinton was allegedly involved in, than whether or not President Trump colluded with the Russians. 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.
Twitter reacted to the news of the likely new AG.
[email protected] wants to nominate William Barr to be the next Attorney-General. Barr served as Attorney-General during the Bush 41 presidency. While POTUS normally likes to surround himself with people he knows and likes, he doesn’t know Barr, but Barr commands immense respect
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) December 6, 2018
Top Democrat on Judiciary Committee Feinstein about the potential nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General.
I don’t really know him…I don’t have an opinion on him.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 6, 2018
Confirmed. Trump very likely to name William Barr as his next attorney general, I’m told.
But already hearing some grumbles from a couple people close to the president that Barr is too moderate, and too much a creature of Washington. https://t.co/c2D0c6lOQN
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) December 6, 201
From Yahoo News
President Donald Trump has told advisers he intends to nominate former attorney general William Barr as his next attorney general, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.
The presidents’ aides had previously floated the idea of Barr retaking his post in the Justice Department, sources said, with an announcement expected next week.
The Washington Post first reported the news. Barr did not respond to ABC’s request for comment.
A source close to Barr says he is likely to accept the job if offered.
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 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 U.S. uranium stockpiles by a Russian energy company — a complicated deal that has come to be known simply as Uranium One.
“To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility,” Barr told the New York Times.
He also supported President Trump’s move to fire former FBI Director James Comey, writing in an Op-Ed in the Washington Post that Trump made the right move.
“Unfortunately, beginning in July, when he announced the outcome of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, he crossed a line that is fundamental to the allocation of authority in the Justice Department,” Barr wrote in the 2017 article.