Trump says he'll nominate William Barr to be attorney general

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2018

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.

On paper William Barr looks like a safe pick for U.S. attorney general. Joe Biden and Sen.

Trump made the announcement while departing the White House for a trip to Missouri Friday.

Here's everything you need to know about the man who could, at a critical moment, become Trump's attorney general.

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. He sailed through the Senate confirmation process in November 1991, receiving unanimous approval via a Senate voice vote.

In 1989, he was appointed by President Bush to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.

William Barr worked for the Central Intelligence Agency while going to law school at night.

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After leaving government, Barr returned to the private sector, where he held several senior executive positions, including with GTE Corporation and Verizon Communications.

Barr is now employed with the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Washington, D.C. There, he still advises corporations with enforcement and regulatory issues, according to The Washington Post.

And if they argue that Barr will be Trump's stooge, they better have more evidence than the two statements discussed above.

Barr wrote in a May 2017 op-ed that Trump was right to fire FBI Director James Comey, asserting that the former director "crossed a line" in the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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".

Those comments elicited a sharp response from Rove, who demanded that Williams "go back and read" what Barr has said about Mueller and the probe.

Barr also at one point took issue with the political affiliations of those on Mueller's team, telling the Washington Post in July of 2017 that "prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party".

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