Trump Jus­tice pick likely to be queried on Mueller com­ments

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON >> Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day picked for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Wil­liam Barr to once again serve as Amer­ica’s top law en­force­ment of­fi­cial. But while his ex­pe­ri­ence and main­stream back­ground may boost his prospects for con­fir­ma­tion, Democrats are raising alarms about his com­ments on the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion and Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Barr has ex­pressed con­cerns 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.

It’s not clear whether Barr, if con­firmed, would take of­fice in time to shape the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which has shown signs of be­ing in its fi­nal stages. But even if it wraps up be­fore he takes of­fice, Barr would be in a po­si­tion to in­flu­ence pros­e­cu­tions stem­ming from the probe.

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