William Barr nominated by Donald Trump to be U.S. attorney general

Who Is William Barr?

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.

Sources tell the Washington Post that Matthew Barr, a 68-year-old Republican lawyer who served as attorney general under George HW Bush from 1991 to 1993, has emerged as the leading candidate and could be named as Trump's nominee within days.

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. Mr. Barr, 68, is a former general counsel and executive vice president of Verizon Communications who works now as a lawyer at the firm of Kirkland & Ellis.

During the Senate confirmation hearings when he was first appointed attorney general, Barr said he did not agree with the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision and viewed abortion as an issue best left to the states, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.

President Donald Trump has nominated William Barr to be the new attorney general, a post he held in the 1990s.

Trump's consideration of a new attorney general comes during a critical time for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, of which the next Justice Department chief will inherit oversight.

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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.

"Unfortunately, beginning in July, when he announced the outcome of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, he crossed a line that is fundamental to the allocation of authority in the Justice Department", Barr wrote in the 2017 article. He was promoted to deputy attorney general next, and then to the top role.

How does Barr view the Mueller investigation? The Russia probe has long infuriated Trump, who calls it a "witch-hunt" and who has denied any collusion or any obstruction of justice.

Barr has also said it was "understandable" why Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey and insisted his removal "simply has no relevance to the integrity of the Russian investigation as it moves ahead".

Barr, a Columbia University graduate, worked at the Central Intelligence Agency while attending the George Washington University Law School at night.

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