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

Trump Mulling Former US Attorney General Barr to Replace Jeff Sessions

Trump Mulling Former US Attorney General Barr to Replace Jeff Sessions

President Trump announced Friday his intention to nominate William Barr to be attorney general, according to the White House pool.

Barr previously served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush.

Respected by Republicans. Respected by Democrats. But depending on how long the confirmation process takes, it is not clear how much of the investigation would remain by the time a new attorney general takes office.

He's also written that Trump was right to fire Comey as well as former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

Barr has worked in the private sector since serving as attorney general from 1991 to 1993, retiring from Verizon Communications (VZ.N) in 2008.

Barr also raised concerns about special counsel Mueller's appointment of prosecutors with a history of donating to Democratic candidates, telling The Washington Post in July 2017 that he "would have liked to see him have more balance on this group".

The Washington Post reported earlier Barr was the front-runner for the post.

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

"To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility", Barr told the New York Times.

If chosen, Barr would oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election-a role that Sessions recused himself from managing, which Trump saw as an act of disloyalty.

That person said those advising the president viewed Barr as someone who knows the department well, and is a good manager.

Barr, 68, has extensive experience in government, particularly the upper echelons of the Justice Department.

One of the people who spoke to the AP said there have been discussions among senior administration officials about Barr's willingness to do the job, and said the belief was that he was open to doing it if asked.

"I think it is quite understandable that the administration would not want an Federal Bureau of Investigation director who did not recognize established limits on his powers", Barr wrote in a Washington Post op-ed in May 2017. I was happy that GTE's conduct of the litigation was considerably more aggressive than that of other similarly situated carriers who were also required to share their facilities and equipment with new competitors under the Act.

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