Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump Announces Bill Barr As His Attorney General Pick

Trump Announces Bill Barr As His Attorney General Pick

Barr is now rumored to be Donald Trump's top contender to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

William "Bill" Barr, a former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, is emerging as a consensus candidate to succeed Jeff Sessions as attorney general, two sources familiar with President Donald Trump's thinking tell CNN.

In some of those conversations, Mr. Trump has also repeatedly asked whether the next pick would recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel investigation into whether his campaign conspired with Russian Federation in its interference in the 2016 election, several people said.

Trump is "very seriously considering" Barr, said one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no decision has been announced, adding that Barr is "someone very much on the president's mind".

In the early 1990s, as attorney general, Barr supervised Robert Mueller in his work as the chief prosecutor for the Department of Justice criminal division.

Barr was the general counsel of GTE when I represented that company (as one of dozens of lawyers from at least four law firms to do so) in contentious litigation following the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

The White House declined to comment.

In this November 26, 1991, file photo, President George H.W Bush, right, and William Barr wave after Barr was sworn in as the new Attorney General of the United States at a Justice Department ceremony in Washington. Rosenstein appointed Mueller following Sessions's recusal, a decision that angered the president. An attorney general opposed to the investigation could theoretically move to cut funding or block certain investigative steps. Whitaker, who has not been confirmed by the Senate, drew headlines for his prior criticism of the special counsel investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would hold hearings on a nominee.

Still, while in private practice, Barr has occasionally weighed in on hot-button investigative matters in ways that could prompt concerns among Democrats.

When leading the Justice Department, Barr oversaw the agency's response to the country's savings and loan crisis, the investigation of the Pan Am 103 bombing and America's counter-terrorism strategy during the first Gulf War.

Barr has criticised Mueller for hiring attorneys for his team who contributed to Democratic politicians, including Hillary Clinton. "He's the kind of person who could get confirmed".

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