Trump Says He’ll Nominate Barr for Attorney General

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
December 7, 2018Politics
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WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Friday he will nominate William Barr, former President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, to serve in the same role.

Trump made the announcement while departing the White House for a trip to Missouri. He called Barr “a terrific man” and “one of the most respected jurists in the country.”

“I think he will serve with great distinction,” Trump said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would succeed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was forced out by Trump in November. Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, is currently serving as acting attorney general.

Trump Attorney General
This undated photo provided by Time Warner shows William Barr. Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a top contender for that job in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, two people familiar with the president’s selection process said Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (Time Warner via AP)

The announcement comes as special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, which the department oversees, is showing signs of entering its final stages.

Barr was attorney general between 1991 and 1993, serving in the Justice Department at the same time Mueller oversaw the department’s criminal division. Barr later worked as a corporate general counsel and is currently of counsel at a prominent international law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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