Former Attorney General William Barr contender for old job

Pauline Gross
December 7, 2018

Sessions has long faced criticism from Trump for recusing himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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.

One person familiar with the discussions cautioned that while Barr is the leading candidate, the decision is not final and the president could decide to pick someone else.

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. He is now an attorney for Washington, DC law firm Kirkland and Ellis.

The White House declined to comment.

Attorney William Barr could lead the Department of Justice again as President Trump said he will nominate him as his next attorney general. Rosenstein appointed Mueller following Sessions's recusal, a decision that angered the president.

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Barr, 68, served as US Attorney General in 1991-1993. An attorney general opposed to the investigation could theoretically move to cut funding or block certain investigative steps.

From his time at the Central Intelligence Agency to what he's said about the Russian Federation investigation, read on for five things to know about the respected attorney.

Mr Barr has voiced disapproval over some aspects of the inquiry but his views on the investigation's legitimacy remain unknown.

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

Democrats won't be encouraged to learn that he expressed support for Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and recommended further investigation of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"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. In 2017, he told The Washington Post that "prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party". "I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group", he said in July 2017.

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