Ex-At­tor­ney Gen­eral Wil­liam Barr con­tender for old job

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASH­ING­TON >> Wil­liam Barr, who served as at­tor­ney gen­eral un­der Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, has emerged as a top con­tender for that job in Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Cab­i­net, two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the pres­i­dent’s se­lec­tion process said Thurs­day.

The ap­point­ment of a new at­tor­ney gen­eral would come at a pre­car­i­ous time as spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which the depart­ment over­sees, is show­ing signs of en­ter­ing its fi­nal stages.

Trump is “very se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing” Barr, said one of the sources, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause no de­ci­sion has been an­nounced, adding that Barr is “some­one very much on the pres­i­dent’s mind.” The other per­son char­ac­ter­ized Barr as “the lead­ing con­tender.”

Trump has been known to change his mind on key per­son­nel de­ci­sions be­fore an­nounc­ing them.

Barr was at­tor­ney gen­eral be­tween 1991 and 1993.

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