The Senate Judiciary Committee set confirmation hearings for President Trump’s AG nominee Bill Barr for January 15th and 16th.
William Barr, former Attorney General who served under George H.W. Bush was nominated by President Trump in December to be the next Attorney General.
Barr, 68, currently works as a lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis and served as United States Attorney General from 1991-1993.
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.
If confirmed, Bill Barr will take over the Mueller investigation.
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett previously cautioned against Trump choosing Barr to replace Sessions as AG saying he is a Washington insider.
As for William Barr, yes unquestionable integrity, a fine reputation, great experience – he brings gravitas to the job but he is an establishment figure at a time that I think we need a disruptor as Attorney General,” Jarrett said, adding, “Somebody who would vigorously go after corrupt officials at the FBI and Department of Justice who were abusing their positions of power and attempting to undermine democracy.”
Jarrett then concluded, “I’m afraid Barr is not that guy.”
Mr. Barr did however question Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation in a 19-page memo to Justice Department officials, reported the New York Times.
“Mueller should not be permitted to demand that the president submit to interrogation about alleged obstruction.”
“Mueller’s obstruction theory is fatally misconceived. As I understand it, his theory is premised on a novel and legally insupportable reading of the law. Moreover, in my view, if credited by the department, it would have grave consequences far beyond the immediate confines of this case and would do lasting damage to the presidency and to the administration of law within the executive branch.”
Bill Bar is already triggering Democrats over his criticisms of Mueller – hopefully the Democrats don’t turn the hearings into a circus like they did with Brett Kavanaugh.