Trump intends to nominate William Barr as next attorney general

President George H.W. Bush and William Barr wave after Barr was sworn in as Attorney General in 1991

Currently, Mr Barr is counsel at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Washington DC.

The White House declined to comment.

Barr, who served as U.S. attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, is a well respected lawyer among Republicans, and following his time as AG served as general counsel and executive vice president of Verizon Communications. Rosenstein appointed Mueller following Sessions's recusal, a decision that angered the president. In addition to his stint as attorney general, he also served as deputy attorney general from 1990 to 1991, and as assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel for two years before that. An attorney general opposed to the investigation could theoretically move to cut funding or block certain investigative steps.

If nominated, media reports said Republicans would likely respect Barr's previous experience and Democrats would view Barr as a Republican lawyer with no particular loyalty to Trump.

Sources familiar with the matter told the Post that Barr is a "really serious contender, and possibly the front-runner" for the position of attorney general. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., before Barr's hearing on November 12, 1991.

"Juan exaggerated what Bill Barr said", Rove said, adding that Barr spke in "measured tones" and raised a "legitimate concern".

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Barr has also expressed skepticism of the Russian Federation inquiry and encouraged a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's dealings as secretary of state, in what would surely be a sticking point for Democrats if he is nominated.

The presidents' aides had previously floated the idea of Barr retaking his post in the Justice Department, sources said, with an announcement expected next week.

He also said that there would be nothing wrong with then Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for an investigation into both Clinton and James Comey in regards to Clinton's private email server.

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

Barr not only said that an investigation of this would be above-board, he claimed it was necessary in the interest of justice. I was happy that GTE's conduct of the litigation was considerably more aggressive than that of other similarly situated carriers who were also required to share their facilities and equipment with new competitors under the Act.

That person said those advising the president viewed Barr as someone who knows the department well, and is a good manager.

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