Trump picks Barr as US at­tor­ney gen­eral

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WASH­ING­TON AFP DEC7, 2018 - Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day tapped Wil­liam Barr, a con­ser­va­tive lawyer who was at­tor­ney gen­eral in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the late Ge­orge H.W. Bush, to lead the US Depart­ment of Jus­tice.

Barr would suc­ceed Jeff Ses­sions, who Trump forced to re­sign last month amid ris­ing pres­sure on the White

House from the Rus­sia col­lu­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller.

“Bill Barr will be nom­i­nated for the United states At­tor­ney Gen­eral po­si­tion. I think he will serve with great dis­tinc­tion,” Trump told re­porters. “He was my first choice from day one. Re­spected by Repub­li­cans and re­spected by Democrats,” he added, de­scrib­ing Barr as “a ter­rific man, a ter­rific per­son, a bril­liant man.” Barr has a record of sup­port­ing strong ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers, which could play into high-stakes le­gal bat­tles on ev­ery­thing from im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy to war pow­ers to whether the pres­i­dent can be re­quired to give tes­ti­mony in the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He ex­pressed sup­port in May 2017 when Trump fired then-fbi di­rec­tor James Comey, which has be­come a fo­cus of Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether Trump ob­structed jus­tice, and has ex­pressed sup­port for Trump’s calls to re­open in­ves­ti­ga­tions into his 2016 ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Wil­liam Barr

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