Senate approves Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general

Senate panel votes to advance nomination of William Barr, Trump's pick to be the next attorney general

Senate panel votes to advance nomination of William Barr, Trump's pick to be the next attorney general

The nomination will now be sent to the full Republican-controlled Senate, where Barr is also expected to have enough support to be confirmed in a vote that could come as early as next week. Democrats have also criticized Barr for not committing to publicly releasing Mueller's findings.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), the committee's chair, said that Barr had to be talked into returning to the Justice Department and that he trusted him to be "fair to the public and true to the law". Barr says he will release as much as he can under the law.

During the hearing, Democrats on the Committee expressed concern about a memo that Barr wrote previous year that called the Mueller investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election "fatally misconceived". It now heads to the Senate floor, where Barr is expected to be confirmed.

Patrick Leahy of Vermont called the "extraordinary circumstances" of 2019, as special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained 37 indictments on various charges during his investigation.

Attorney General nominee William Barr met with several senators on January 29.

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.

Barr was selected after former attorney general Jeff Sessions was pushed out in November 2018.

"Mr. Barr and I had a detailed discussion on his priorities for the Department of Justice, and on many issues important to Alaska".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to limit debate and cut off any filibuster threats against the Barr nomination Thursday, setting up votes as soon as the Senate finishes work on a bipartisan package of public lands bills.

Other recent candidates before the Senate Judiciary Committee have faced questions about their religious beliefs, concepts of sin and membership in charitable and fraternal organizations. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said. "I don't know what Bob Mueller is writing", Barr said at his hearing last month.

If he wins the job, Barr's independence could be put to the test when Mueller wraps up his investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

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