Report: William Barr Seen as President Trump’s Top Choice to be Next Attorney General
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William Barr, former Attorney General who served under George H.W. Bush is President Trump’s top choice to be the next AG according to a report by the Washington Post.
Barr, 68, currently works as a lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis and served as United States Attorney General from 1991-1993.
The decision is not yet final; President Trump may choose someone else to serve as Attorney General.
Former attorney general William P. Barr is President Trump’s leading candidate to be nominated to lead the Justice Department — a choice that could be made in coming days as the agency presses forward with a probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to multiple people familiar with the deliberations.
Barr, 68, a well-respected Republican lawyer who served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a favorite candidate of a number of Trump administration officials, including senior lawyers in the White House Counsel’s Office, these people said. Two people familiar with the discussions said the president has told advisers in recent days that he plans to nominate Barr.
Another alternate candidate for AG being floated is Congressman John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican and member of the Freedom Caucus.
Jeff Sessions resigned as Attorney General in early November at President Trump’s request.
Matthew Whitaker currently serves as Acting Attorney General. Whitaker also took control of Mueller’s Russian witch hunt from DAG Rod Rosenstein, although Rosenstein reportedly oversees the day-to-day operations.
A new Attorney General could take the Senate months to confirm.