Former Attorney General William Barr contender for old job

President George H.W. Bush and William Barr wave after Barr was sworn in as Attorney General in 1991

President George H.W. Bush and William Barr wave after Barr was sworn in as Attorney General in 1991

President Trump said Friday he will nominate William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the next USA ambassador to the UN.

Barr, 68, a Republican lawyer, served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush, who passed away last week at the age of 94.

A month after Jeff Session's resignation, Donald Trump may have a top choice for his next attorney general.

This story is breaking and will be updated. Barr is now an attorney for Kirkland and Ellis, a high-profile Washington, D.C., law firm. At the time, White House officials said Trump was in no rush to nominate a permanent successor to Sessions, whom he fired November 7. I was happy that GTE's conduct of the litigation was considerably more aggressive than that of other similarly situated carriers who were also required to share their facilities and equipment with new competitors under the Act. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), a former Judiciary chairman who remains on the committee suggested Wednesday that Barr would get bipartisan support in the Senate.

Barr served in the Bush administration from 1989 to 1993, starting out as an assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel before becoming the deputy attorney general in 1990.

One person familiar with the discussions cautioned that while Barr is the leading candidate, the decision is not final and the president could decide to pick someone else.

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After leaving the Justice Department, Barr served as the general counsel and executive vice president of Verizon Communications but retired from the role in 2008.

The presidents' aides had previously floated the idea of Barr retaking his post in the Justice Department, sources said, with an announcement expected next week.

Rove noted Barr respects Mueller, who led the FBI's criminal division when the former was AG under Bush. He expressed confidence in Mueller early on and suggested the investigation wouldn't devolve into a "witch hunt", but he also has shared some disappointment when asked by The Washington Post a year ago about the donations that some of Mueller's team members made to Democrats.

He also defended Trump's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in an op-ed, and has said special counsel Robert Mueller's team lacks balance.

"In my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party", Barr said. But some inside the White House were concerned that Barr was too aligned with establishment GOP forces.

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