Prez 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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