PHOTO: President George H. Bush gestures while talking to Attorney General William Barr in the Oval Office of the White House, May 4, 1992 in Washington. "With an investigation as sensitive as the one involving Clinton, the ultimate decision-making is reserved to the attorney general or, when the attorney general is recused, the deputy attorney general". With the current session of Congress set to soon end, anyone Trump nominates may have to wait until well into 2019 for confirmation.
Barr has already held the position of attorney general, serving under the late President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993.
According to multiple sources speaking on the condition of anonymity to the Washington Post, Mr. Trump has told his advisers in recent days that he plans to nominate William P. Barr as his next attorney general. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), a former Judiciary chairman who remains on the committee suggested Wednesday that Barr would get bipartisan support in the Senate.
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Barr also wrote a year ago that the administration's decision to fire James B. Comey as FBI director was "quite understandable" because, in his view, Comey had usurped the power of the attorney general when he publicly announced his recommendation not to charge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the investigation of her private email server.
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That person said those advising the president viewed Barr as someone who knows the department well, and is a good manager.
Trump has been known to change his mind on key personnel decisions before announcing them. In remarks to the New York Times, Barr addressed the notion of the Justice Department investigating Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.
In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert's nomination would place a less senior person at the worldwide agency than Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials.
He was quoted two months later in a Post story as expressing concern that members of Mueller's team had given contributions to Democratic candidates. Barr was one tough lawyer. "I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group".
"There is nothing inherently wrong about a president calling for an investigation", said Barr.
Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No 2 Republican leader, agreed.