Trump Nominates New Attorney General

Who Is William Barr?

Barr would also oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

Barr, 68, served as attorney general under the late President George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s.

Barr, a lawyer who was previously attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under the late President George HW Bush, has defended Trump's controversial decision to fire then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 when Comey was leading the Russian Federation probe.

A month after Jeff Session's resignation, Donald Trump may have a top choice for his next attorney general.

Currently, Mr Barr is counsel at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Washington DC.

In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert's nomination would place a less senior person at the worldwide agency than Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials.

President Trump has nominated a "brilliant man" to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, the president said outside the White House Friday.

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After leaving the Justice Department, Barr served as the general counsel and executive vice president of Verizon Communications but retired from the role in 2008.

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.

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

"The attorney general's oath to uphold the Constitution raises the question whether his duty lies ultimately with the president who appointed him or more abstractly with the rule of law", I said in my confirmation hearings, and have said several times since, that the attorney general's ultimate allegiance must be to the rule of law".

In a 2017 opinion piece for the Post, Mr Barr said Mr Trump had been right to fire FBI director James Comey because he "crossed a line" by announcing the outcome of the investigation into Mrs Clinton's emails.

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

Barr, a Columbia University graduate, worked at the Central Intelligence Agency while attending the George Washington University Law School at night.

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