Senate confirms William Barr as AG

Senate Confirms William Barr As Next Attorney General

The news means Barr will take up the AG position after he previously held the job under George H.W. Bush's presidency.

"I am unable to support Bill Barr's nomination to be the next Attorney General".

Once he's sworn in, Barr will take Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's place in supervising Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

William Barr was officially confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as President Trump's new Attorney General Thursday; gaining the support of three Democratic Senators. Following the vote, President Donald J. Trump participated in the swearing-in of Mr. Barr during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House, where U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office.

Barr's claim of independence did little to assuage Senate Democrats skeptical of his potential handling of the looming conclusion of Mueller's investigation.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called Mr Barr's confirmation "a major victory for justice and the rule of law in America".

"Today is a great day for the Department of Justice with the confirmation of William Barr to be the next Attorney General", said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.

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Barr has praised the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller while, at the same time, committing to finding out whether the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, which Mueller eventually took over, was conducted appropriately.

During his first confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 15, Barr was repeatedly questioned about his position regarding the Mueller probe.

Trump responded to the McCabe interview with a tweet: "Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a "poor little Angel" when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax - a puppet for Leakin' James Comey".

"I will not be bullied into doing anything that's wrong". Barr said he was a friend of Mueller's and repeatedly sought to assuage concerns that he might disturb or upend the investigation as it reaches its final stages.

"He is a steady hand at a time of turmoil and he will bring much-needed reform to the Department of Justice".

Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Doug Jones and Senator Kyrsten Sinema all voted in favor of Barr.

The outcome of Thursday's vote on Barr had been expected; Republicans control a majority in the chamber and a few Democrats also had spoken generally in support of him.

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