Trump to nom­i­nate Wil­liam Barr for at­tor­ney gen­eral

Woonsocket Call - - VALLEY/NATION - By JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Fri­day he will nom­i­nate Wil­liam Barr, the late Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush’s at­tor­ney gen­eral, to serve in the same role.

Trump made the an­nounce­ment while de­part­ing the White House for a trip to Mis­souri. He called Barr “a ter­rific man” and “one of the most re­spected ju­rists in the coun­try.”

“Dur­ing his ten­ure, he demon­strated an un­wa­ver­ing ad­her­ence to the rule of law,” Trump said of Barr, while ad­dress­ing a law en­force­ment con­fer­ence in Mis­souri. “There’s no one more ca­pa­ble or qual­i­fied for this role. He de­serves over­whelm­ing bi­par­ti­san sup­port. I sus­pect he’ll prob­a­bly get it.”

If con­firmed by the Se­nate, Barr would suc­ceed At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions, who was forced out by Trump in Novem­ber fol­low­ing an ac­ri­mo­nious ten­ure. Ses­sions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whi­taker, is cur­rently serv­ing as act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral.

Barr’s se­lec­tion “is a con­tin­u­a­tion of this law and order pres­i­dency,” Whi­taker said.

“Bill is supremely qual­i­fied, highly re­spected at the Depart­ment of Jus­tice and will con­tinue to sup­port the men and women in blue,” he said.

Barr was at­tor­ney gen­eral be­tween 1991 and 1993, serv­ing in the Jus­tice Depart­ment at the same Mueller over­saw the depart­ment’s crim­i­nal divi­sion. Barr later worked as a cor­po­rate gen­eral coun­sel and is cur­rently of coun­sel at a prom­i­nent in­ter­na­tional law firm, Kirk­land & El­lis LLP.

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