Published: Fri, February 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Senate approves William Barr as Donald Trump's new attorney general

Senate approves William Barr as Donald Trump's new attorney general

(Washington Examiner) The Senate voted Thursday to confirm William Barr, President Trump's pick to serve as his next attorney general.

The US Senate has approved President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr, putting the veteran Republican lawyer in charge of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of any ties between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Barr's deference to the presidency - he has referred to the role of attorney general as "the President's lawyer" - is in line with a school of legal thought that draws a vision of uncompromising executive power from the Constitution.

During his confirmation hearings, Mr Barr called Mr Mueller a friend and rejected the president's label of the inquiry as a "witch hunt".

He has not promised to release Mueller's report in its entirety.

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"I am not going to do anything that I think is wrong, and I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong", Barr said.

When Barr is sworn into office this week, he will be tasked with restoring some stability after nearly two years of open tension between Trump and Justice officials.

L: William Barr. (Time Warner via AP); R: President Donald Trump speaks to the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on November 2, 2018.

Barr was strongly critical of the Mueller investigation in 2017 while he was in the private sector. Following the vote, President Donald J. Trump participated in the swearing-in of Mr. Barr during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House, where U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office. Finally, Bill Barr has a troubling record on the Second Amendment. Barr wrote that Trump could not have obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey since it was an action the president was constitutionally entitled to take.

"All I can say is if America ever needed a steady hand at the Department of Justice, it is now", Sen. "Their economy's long-term prognosis is nowhere near China's", Barr testified last month.

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