Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves William Barr to Be New Attorney General

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves William Barr to Be New Attorney General

Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the Senate, said he would oppose Barr's confirmation in the final vote.

Barr said he also "weighed in repeatedly" to "complain" about the DOJ prosecuting Democratic. Sen.

Meanwhile, Barr pledged during his hearing to release "as much as I can" of the special counsel findings.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the Judiciary Committee's highest-ranking Democrat, said Thursday she felt the document was "disqualifying" for Barr.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is now filling the position and said last week that he believed Mueller's investigation was almost complete. As the country's chief law enforcement officer, Barr would oversee the remaining work in Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

Barr criticized the investigation previous year in a memo to the Justice Department, but he told the committee in confirmation hearings three weeks ago that he would allow Mueller to conclude his work and said he would make as much of his findings public as possible.

Barr has declined to offer a firm guarantee that he would release Mueller's report in its entirety - noting that the regulations governing Mueller's appointment do not call for that.

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"Mr. Barr and I had a detailed discussion on his priorities for the Department of Justice, and on many issues important to Alaska".

If confirmed, Barr will be replacing Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions after President Donald Trump fired him.

"I think he reveres the law and the rule of law", Kennedy said.

A year ago he sent an unsolicited legal opinion to the Justice Department and White House arguing that Mueller had no grounds to investigate Trump for obstruction of justice based on the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017.

"I'm speaking to what I hope is the 60 percent in the middle that are saying, 'Give me the facts that I need to make a determination in this one particular instance - what happened.' And that's what our focus is", he said.

Before the committee vote, ranking member Sen.

Whitaker said late last month the Mueller-led investigation is "close to being completed", although there has been no confirmation of this from the special counsel's office.

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