Senate Judiciary Committee Approves William Barr to Be New Attorney General

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves William Barr to Be New Attorney General

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves William Barr to Be New Attorney General

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve William Barr's nomination to be attorney general, a vote that is likely to be mostly along party lines as Democrats have questioned how transparent Barr will be once special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation concludes.

Catholic William Barr is expected to be approved by the full Senate next week.

Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary committee have said that Barr, the former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, is qualified for the position.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Sen.

Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said before the vote that he begged Barr to get back into public service because he has the kind of experience the country needs at this time.

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But Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said that, the "central issue for us, on the Attorney General of the United States, is will he be the people's lawyer or the president's?" Dianne Feinstein, D-California, called a memo in which Barr was critical of Mueller's probe "disqualifying", saying she's anxious that he has not committed to releasing Mueller's report to Congress.

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Barr also gave senators key assurances that he would allow Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III to finish a probe into the 2016 elections and make public as much of the final report as possible.

"I think we need a steady hand at the Department of Justice, and I believe he has that steady hand", Graham said. When nominated the first time in 1991, the Senate approved Barr by unanimous voice vote.

In confirmation hearings last month Barr said he would protect Mueller's investigation, and rejected Trump's characterisation of it as an illegal "witch hunt".

Barr pledged at his confirmation hearing to keep politics out of Justice Department decisions and said he would refuse an instruction from the president to fire Mueller absent good cause to do so. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, said Thursday.

Whitaker has also been criticized for not recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation despite his past comments openly criticizing the Mueller probe in media appearances before he joined the DOJ.

The Republican president has repeatedly criticised the investigation as a "witch-hunt" and denies any collusion with Moscow.

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