He was United States attorney general 25 years ago. Trump wants him back

07 December, 2018, 18:24 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Matthew Whitaker acting U.S. attorney general attends the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on Friday Nov. 16 2018

Attorney William Barr could lead the Department of Justice again as President Trump said he will nominate him as his next attorney general.

Those familiar with the discussions said Barr, having already been attorney general, doesn't feel a particular ambition for the position, but does feel a sense of duty to take it if offered. He now Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mr. Whitaker, who served as chief of staff to Mr. Sessions, was believed to be in the running for the nomination for the permanent top job at the Justice Department. "Those are the best attorneys general", said Democratic Sen.

Barr, 68, a Republican lawyer, served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush, who passed away last week at the age of 94.

Barr was attorney general between 1991 and 1993, serving in the Justice Department at the same Mueller oversaw the department's criminal division.

Any confirmation hearing for a new attorney general will likely be dominated by questions about how the nominee would handle political pressure from the White House, and oversee the ongoing Russia probe into whether any Trump associates conspired with Russian officials to interfere in the last presidential election.

How does Barr view the Mueller investigation? He also worked at the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1970s and in the Reagan White House in the early 1980s.

"In my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party", Barr said.


Trump said he "did not know" Barr until recently, but found him to be respected by lawmakers from both partIes.

Trump heavily derided Mueller's team earlier this year for being comprised of many registered Democrats and Democratic donors.

In a 2017 Fox News interview, Barr said that Mueller could have been "more balanced" in his choice of prosecutors, a majority of which have either ties to Democrats or have made donations to them.

"There is nothing inherently wrong about a president calling for an investigation", said Barr.

Later, he advised corporations on regulatory litigation, according to his biography. Barr later worked as a corporate general counsel and is now of counsel at a prominent worldwide law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Moscow worked to influence the election and tip it in Trump's favour.

Mr Barr holds degrees in government and Chinese studies from Columbia University.

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