Breaking news this morning from Washington. President Trump announced to the press that he has nominated former attorney general William Barr to be the next permanent head of the justice department.

William Barr served as AG under the late President George H.W. Bush.

He led the department of justice from 1991 to 1993.

This is what Sen. Richard Blumenthal had to say about Barr's nomination.

Hawaii U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono spoke with CNN’s John Berman this morning. Berman asked her if she can back Barr's nomination.

A source told CNN that, if the position is offered to Barr, he would be willing to accept it.

Barr would replace ousted former AG Jeff Sessions. 

Trump picked Matthew Whitaker to be acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions was fired last month.