William H. Barr Is Reportedly Trump's Attorney General Front-Runner

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Barr also defended the firing of FBI Director James Comey, claiming that his public statement recommending no charges against Clinton for her private email use encroached on the responsibilities of the Attorney General.

However, Democrats have hinted that they will make the nomination process a nightmare for Barr, considering his past criticisms about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Mr. Trump called him "a highly respected lawyer" who is thought highly of by both parties.

Barr has been somewhat critical of special counsel Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and has claimed there is more basis to investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her role in approving the 2010 acquisition of USA uranium stockpiles by a Russian energy company - a complicated deal that has come to be known simply as Uranium One.

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President Trump could pick William Barr, who has already led the Justice Department, as his next attorney general.

Barr was George H.W. Bush's attorney general between 1991 and 1993.

As far as what we could expect from an Attorney General Barr in 2019, one can look to a piece he co-penned for the Washington Post with other former AGs in support of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Rosenstein appointed Mueller following Sessions's recusal, a decision that angered the president. He was promoted to deputy attorney general next, and then to the top role.

"Juan exaggerated what Bill Barr said", Rove said, adding that Barr spke in "measured tones" and raised a "legitimate concern".

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Those comments elicited a sharp response from Rove, who demanded that Williams "go back and read" what Barr has said about Mueller and the probe.

He told The New York Times in November 2017, in a story about Sessions directing his prosecutors to look into actions related to Trump rival Hillary Clinton, that "there is nothing inherently wrong about a president calling for an investigation" - though Barr also said one should not be launched just because a president wants it. But Barr, made in the Republican establishment mold, is viewed as one of the safer choices for confirmation.

Senate Democrats have sued the administration over the appointment, arguing it wasn't constitutional. "I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group". But some inside the White House were concerned that Barr was too aligned with establishment GOP forces.

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