Trump Says He'll Nominate William Barr To Return As Attorney General

Who Is William Barr?

However, Democrats have hinted that they will make the nomination process a nightmare for Barr, considering his past criticisms about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

In his resignation letter, Sessions took one final jab at the president, writing: "Most importantly, in my time as Attorney General we have restored and upheld the rule of law-a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard". Controversial interim Attorney General appointee Matthew Whitaker continues to serve in an acting role after Jeff Sessions resigned.

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

Barr is now employed with the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Washington, D.C. There, he still advises corporations with enforcement and regulatory issues, according to The Washington Post.

During the Senate confirmation hearings when he was first appointed attorney general, Barr said he did not agree with the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision and viewed abortion as an issue best left to the states, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.

President Trump said Friday that he intends to nominate William Barr, a prominent Republican lawyer and former attorney general, to lead the Justice Department. "With an investigation as sensitive as the one involving Clinton, the ultimate decision-making is reserved to the attorney general or, when the attorney general is recused, the deputy attorney general".

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Since leaving the Bush administration, Barr has returned to private practice, including over a decade as the general counsel for Verizon. The month prior, Trump said in a Fox & Friends interview: "I can tell you Matt Whitaker's a great guy".

Mr. Barr has been critical publicly of the special counsel's investigation.

Barr also said James Comey's firing was "understandable" and that he "crossed a basic line" and "transgressed" in his role as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Barr also raised concerns about special counsel Mueller's appointment of prosecutors with a history of donating to Democratic candidates, telling The Washington Post in July 2017 that he "would have liked to see him have more balance on this group". In 2017, he told The Washington Post that "prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party".

The president called him a "highly respected lawyer" by both Republicans and Democrats and "a terrific man" while speaking to reporters on the White House South Lawn.

While studying law at George Washington University, he worked at the Central Intelligence Agency from 1973-1977.

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