Trump announces nominations for attorney general, United Nations ambassador

Leroy Wright
December 7, 2018

The president told reporters outside the White House that he will appoint William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General as several media outlets predicted yesterday.

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 US uranium stockpiles by a Russian energy company - a complicated deal that has come to be known simply as Uranium One.

William Barr served as attorney general during the late President George H.W. Bush's administration.

At the time, CNN reported that Trump was considering tapping the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, to succeed acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

While he has an extremely conservative record, Barr would also bring to the role seasoned experience and is well regarded in the legal community. Those familiar with the discussions said Barr, having already been attorney general, doesn't feel a particular ambition for the position, but does feel a sense of duty to take it if offered.

"To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility", he was quoted in a November 14, 2017 article.

Barr also wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post a year ago defending Trump's controversial decision to fire former attorney general James Comey.

Trump heavily derided Mueller's team earlier this year for being comprised of many registered Democrats and Democratic donors.

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"In my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party", Barr told the Post in July.

"I think getting the next nominee confirmed is going to be a little bit of a challenge", he said.

Barr not only said that an investigation of this would be above-board, he claimed it was necessary in the interest of justice.

Barr added that he "would have liked to see him have more balance on this group".

"I would hope (Trump) would pick someone who would be by the book and not by the politics", Feinstein said.

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.

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

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