Who Is William Barr?

Who Is William Barr?

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 my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party", Barr said.

If Mr Barr is confirmed by the senate after his official nomination, he will replace the current acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker.

Under Bush 41, Barr was a hardliner on crime, advocating for expanding state and federal prison systems.

In 2016, former US Attorney General William Barr supported Donald Trump's nominee, Jeff Sessions, for the post Barr once held.

Mr. Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under Mr.

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.

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The Mueller probe has been an Achilles heel for the office of attorney general the past couple of years. And he has even spoken out against the Russian Federation investigation, telling the New York Times in 2017 that by investigating collusion allegations instead of other issues, some pertaining to the Clintons, "the department is abdicating its responsibility".

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. Joe Biden, who said Barr should be "complimented" for his "candid answer", even though the eventual USA vice president did not agree.

Trump's consideration of a new attorney general comes during a critical time for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, of which the next Justice Department chief will inherit oversight.

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

Richard Cullen, who served as U.S. Attorney under Barr, describes him as a good pick for the role.

"He thinks that Mueller has too many Democrats on his team", Williams said, noting that Republicans like Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and some members of the Senate do not share that concern. Barr was one tough lawyer. "I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group".

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No 2 Republican leader, agreed.

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