Trump Mulling Former US Attorney General Barr to Replace Jeff Sessions

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

President Donald Trump has chose to nominate former attorney general William Barr to be the next permanent head of the Justice Department, the President told reporters Friday.

"I've seen very good things about him even over the last day or so, when people thought it might be Bill Barr [as the nominee]", the president said.

As Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting United States attorney general continues to make many on both sides of the aisle uncomfortable, the President appears to be considering nominating a new Attorney General sooner rather than later.

While he has an extremely conservative record, Barr would also bring to the role seasoned experience and is well regarded in the legal community.

The Washington Post reported earlier Barr was the front-runner for the post.

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.

Rove noted Barr respects Mueller, who led the FBI's criminal division when the former was AG under Bush.

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"To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility", Barr told the newspaper.

Barr has already held the position of attorney general, serving under the late President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. I suspect that might be the case, and that Barr got chosen - at least in part - to avoid the issue.

"I have worked with him for over 25 years and I believe it would be a great choice", Cullen told ABC News.

Any confirmation hearing for a new attorney general will likely be dominated by questions about how the nominee would handle political pressure from the White House, and oversee the ongoing Russia probe into whether any Trump associates conspired with Russian officials to interfere in the last presidential election.

"He thinks that Mueller has too many Democrats on his team", Williams said, noting that Republicans like Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and some members of the Senate do not share that concern.

Unfortunately, beginning in July [of 2016], when he announced the outcome of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, he crossed a line that is fundamental to the allocation of authority in the Justice Department.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said she was unfamiliar with Barr's views but encouraged by a suggestion that he was an "establishment" Republican.

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