Trump picks Barr for AG

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WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent don­ald trump said Fri­day he’ll nom­i­nate Wil­liam barr, late Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. bush’s at­tor­ney gen­eral, to serve in the same role.

trump made the an­nounce­ment while de­part­ing the White House for a trip to mis­souri.

He called barr “a ter­rific man” and “one of the most re­spected ju­rists in the coun­try.”

“dur­ing his ten­ure, he demon­strated an un­wa­ver­ing ad­her­ence to the rule of law,” trump said of barr, while ad­dress­ing a law en­force­ment con­fer­ence in mis­souri. “there’s no one more ca­pa­ble or qual­i­fied for this role. He de­serves over­whelm­ing bi­par­ti­san sup­port. I sus­pect he’ll prob­a­bly get it.”

If con­firmed by the Se­nate, barr would suc­ceed Jeff

Ses­sions, who was forced out by trump in Novem­ber fol­low­ing an ac­ri­mo­nious ten­ure.

Ses­sions’ chief of staff, matthew Whi­taker, is cur­rently serv­ing as act­ing ag.

trump’s fury at Ses­sions for re­cus­ing him­self from the rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion — which helped set in mo­tion the ap­point­ment of spe­cial coun­sel robert mueller — cre­ated deep ten­sions be­tween trump and his Jus­tice depart­ment.

He some­times puts the word “Jus­tice” in quotes when re­fer­ring to the depart­ment in tweets and has railed against its lead­ers for fail­ing to in­ves­ti­gate his 2016 cam­paign ri­val, Hil­lary clin­ton, as ex­ten­sively as he’d like.

Barr ‘Ca­pa­ble’

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