Senate panel set to approve Trump's attorney general nominee

Feb 11, 2019, 00:58
Senate panel set to approve Trump's attorney general nominee

That, combined with Barr's sweeping view of executive power, prompted Leahy to vote no on Barr's nomination. As the country's chief law enforcement officer, Barr would oversee the remaining work in Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Sen. But he has also noted that he takes seriously department regulations that say the report Mueller submits to the Justice Department should be treated as confidential. "I was very impressed with our conversation", Sullivan's statement said in part.

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.

Meanwhile, Barr pledged during his hearing to release "as much as I can" of the special counsel findings.

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But Durbin said Barr has "telegraphed his pitch" by writing an unsolicited memo to Justice Department and Trump lawyers previous year about parts of the special counsel probe.

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Blumenthal said not releasing Mueller's report would be akin to a "coverup." Sen.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said, in supporting Barr's nomination, "I think we need a steady hand at the Department of Justice", according to CNN.

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Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, meanwhile, said in meeting with Barr, he thought Barr was a "good person" who reminded him of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Trump had repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election that includes examining the ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Barr, though, will be inheriting the Justice Department at one of the most politically charged periods in its history, as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation seems to be nearing its end.

Barr broke with Trump in saying, "I don't believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt", a term Trump frequently used to decry the probe.

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Whitaker said late last month the Mueller-led investigation is "close to being completed", although there has been no confirmation of this from the special counsel's office.