Trump Nominates William Barr as His Next Attorney General

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has nominated William P. Barr as his next attorney general weeks after dismissing Jeff Sessions from that role.

Sessions was pushed to resign just a day after the results of a fierce midterm election split congressional control across the two parties.

He and the president had maintained a friendly public persona, but reports and rumors indicated some tension between the two. Trump has now picked Barr, 68, to be his replacement.

“[He’s] one of the most respected jurists in the country,” Trump told reporters outside the White House, as Politico noted.

“I did not know him until recently, when I went through the process of looking at people, and he was my first choice from day one.”

Related: Sessions Steps Down as Trump’s Attorney General

Trump added that he expects the confirmation process to go quickly and that Barr, a New York City native, is respected by both sides.

I am pleased to announce that I will be nominating The Honorable William P. Barr for the position of Attorney General of the United States. As the former AG for George H.W. Bush….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018

….and one of the most highly respected lawyers and legal minds in the Country, he will be a great addition to our team. I look forward to having him join our very successful Administration!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018

Barr previously served as attorney general for a few years when former President George H.W. Bush was in office.

Former Virginia Gov. George Allen later appointed Barr to co-chair a commission to reform the criminal justice system in 1994.

Barr was also tasked with abolishing parole when he was selected to co-chair the commission. He would later work as the executive vice president and general counsel for Verizon Communications before retiring in 2008.

He also joined the law firm Kirkland & Ellis in 2017.

Sessions had had a tough relationship with the president ever since he recused himself of all matters related to the Russian election interference allegations.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has been leading the investigation for some 18 months, which has been looking at whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian interests during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Related: DOJ Legal Counsel Backs Trump’s Pick for Acting Attorney General

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein appointed the special counsel investigation last year after the recusal.

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Source:: LifeZette

      

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