Trump AG pick poised to reclaim old job
WASHINGTON >> When William Barr was attorney general in the early 1990s, he was outspoken about some of America’s biggest problems — violent crime, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. The “Age of Aquarius,” he warned, had given way to crack babies and broken families, misery and squalor.
The rhetoric reflected Barr’s deep-seated personal beliefs and was typical talk for a conservative Republican at a time when family values and toughon-crime stances defined the party.
Now, as President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Barr is poised to return to the same job in a dramatically different Washington.
Republicans just pushed through the biggest criminal justice overhaul in a generation, easing prison sentences. Family-values are seldom discussed while Trump, twice-divorced and accused of affairs and sexual misconduct, sits in the White House. Serving Trump, who faces intensifying investigations from the department Barr would lead, is unlikely to compare with his tenure under President George H.W. Bush.