President Trump announced on Friday morning he will nominate William Barr, a former Bush attorney general, as the next Attorney General of the United States.
FOX Legal expert Gregg Jarrett warned the president on Thursday that Barr is an “establishment insider.”
The Hill reported:
President Trump on Friday said he would nominate William Barr, a former attorney general under George H.W. Bush, to helm the Justice Department.
“He was my first choice since day one,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of Barr. “He ‘ll be nominated.”
Trump also said he would nominate Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Nauert, who has served as the spokeswoman for the State Department for Trump’s presidency, had previously been seen as the favorite for the role.
If confirmed, Barr will fill the void left by Jeff Sessions when he resigned as attorney general at Trump’s request in early November after weathering months of attacks from the president over his recusal from the Russia investigation.
While he is a well-known figure in Washington, Barr is expected to face a tough confirmation battle in the Senate. He is likely to face questions about the Justice Department’s political independence from the White House as well as Trump’s criticism of the department over special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the president’s campaign and Moscow.
In the meantime, Matthew Whitaker will continue to lead the department in an acting capacity.