Trump to nominate William Barr as next U.S. Attorney General
President Trump announces that he has nominated former attorney general William Barr to be the next permanent AG.
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.
NEW: Sen. Richard Blumenthal on William Barr nomination to be attorney general: "I will demand that Mr. Barr make a firm and specific commitment to protect the Mueller investigation, operate independently of the White House, and uphold the rule of law." https://t.co/s5gPHl5Fsw pic.twitter.com/yWXqFpapxT— ABC News (@ABC) December 7, 2018
Hawaii U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono spoke with CNN’s John Berman this morning. Berman asked her if she can back Barr's nomination.
William Barr and Heather Nauert are Trump's top choices for attorney general and UN ambassador, sources say.— New Day (@NewDay) December 7, 2018
Sen. @maziehirono: “I do not know that being loyal to the President is the uppermost qualification. It is for the President, but it isn’t for me.” https://t.co/jMmKwdkdii pic.twitter.com/SHQQtdckqY
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.