Con­cerns over Barr choice

Sunday Star-Times - - World -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump yes­ter­day picked for­mer at­tor­ney gen­eral Wil­liam Barr to once again serve as Amer­ica’s top law en­force­ment of­fi­cial, but Democrats are rais­ing alarm about his com­ments on the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion and Hil­lary Clin­ton. Barr has ex­pressed con­cern about po­lit­i­cal do­na­tions made by prose­cu­tors on spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s team, and has sup­ported calls for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a ura­nium deal ap­proved while Clin­ton was sec­re­tary of state, a pet is­sue of Trump sup­port­ers. Barr would be in a po­si­tion to in­flu­ence pros­e­cu­tions stem­ming from the Mueller probe. Barr, 68, was at­tor­ney gen­eral be­tween 1991 and 1993 un­der Ge­orge H W Bush. He would suc­ceed Jeff Ses­sions, who Trump forced out after con­stant heck­ling be­cause he had stepped aside from over­see­ing the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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