Barr raised to Trump pick for AG

Spokes­woman at State nom­i­nee for Ha­ley’s U.N. po­si­tion

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WASHINGTON - By Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin The As­so­ci­ated Press

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump inched closer to his longteased ma­jor White House shake-up Fri­day, gear­ing up for the twin chal­lenges of bat­tling for re-elec­tion and deal­ing with Democrats once they take con­trol of the House.

Trump an­nounced he was pick­ing a new U.S. at­tor­ney gen­eral and a new am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, and at the same time two se­nior aides de­parted the White House to beef up his 2020 cam­paign.

More changes were still to come. Ac­cord­ing to nearly a dozen cur­rent and for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and out­side con­fi­dants, Trump is nearly ready to re­place Chief of Staff John Kelly and has even be­gun telling peo­ple to con­tact the man long viewed as his likely suc­ces­sor.

“Give Nick a call,” Trump has in­structed peo­ple, re­fer­ring to Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ay­ers, ac­cord­ing to one per­son fa­mil­iar with the dis­cus­sions.

Kelly was not at the White House on Fri­day but was ex­pected to at­tend an East Room din­ner with the pres­i­dent and se­nior staffers.

Trump an­nounced Fri­day that he’ll nom­i­nate Wil­liam Barr, who served as at­tor­ney gen­eral un­der Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, to the same role in his ad­min­is­tra­tion. Trump called Barr “one of the most re­spected ju­rists in the coun­try.” “Dur­ing his ten­ure, he demon­strated an un­wa­ver­ing ad­her­ence to the rule of law,” Trump said. “There’s no one more ca­pa­ble or qual­i­fied for this role.”

Con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings are un­likely be­fore Jan­uary, when Repub­li­cans will have a 53-47 ma­jor­ity. The next chair­man of the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham, R-S.C., called the pick an “out­stand­ing de­ci­sion” and pledged to do ev­ery­thing in his power to quickly push the nom­i­na­tion through the com­mit­tee and onto the Se­nate floor for con­fir­ma­tion.

Trump also an­nounced that State

Wil­liam Barr

Heather Nauert

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