Who Is William Barr?

07 December, 2018, 18:26 | Author: Wade Massey
  • President George H.W. Bush and William Barr wave after Barr was sworn in as Attorney General in 1991

While everyone knows that Mr. Trump can change his mind in a heartbeat, the general feeling among those close to the matter, is that a decision on Barr could take place within a matter of days.

Barr has already held the position of attorney general, serving under the late President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993.

He also supported President Trump's move to fire former FBI Director James Comey, writing in an Op-Ed in the Washington Post that Trump made the right move.

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. In 2017, he told The Washington Post that "prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party".

"I have worked with him for over 25 years and I believe it would be a great choice", Cullen told ABC News.

The president also confirmed that Ms. Nauert is his choice to replace Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations.

"She's very talented, very smart, very quick", the president said. "It is telling that none of the president's critics are challenging the decision on the merits".

From Verizon Communications to GTE Corporation, Barr spent more than 14 years working in senior corporate positions following his career at the Justice Department, according to his biography.

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who sits on the Judiciary Committee, called Barr an "interesting pick". "I think it's going to be challenging in any event".

Barr has been on a White House short list of contenders for several weeks, said a person with knowledge of internal discussions who was not authorized to speak publicly.

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

"It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and succession", Mr. Trump said.

The search for a replacement was escalated after Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general was beset by controversy and declared by some legal experts as unconstitutional.

President Donald Trump announced Friday that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is his choice to succeed Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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

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