Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

Barr previously was in several high-level DOJ positions, including as USA attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration.

Democrats have raised concerns that he may limit the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in US elections.

If he wins the job, Barr's independence could be put to the test when Mueller wraps up his investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

Democrats on the Judiciary Committee voted no on Barr, in part citing concerns over the Mueller probe.

The top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, California Sen. Since then, he's worked as a corporate lawyer in private practice. Democrats have also criticized Barr for not committing to publicly releasing Mueller's findings.

Democrats also expressed concern about Barr's memo he sent to the Justice Department previous year, unsolicited, that detailed presidential power and said Mueller had a "fatally misconceived" theory that Trump committed a crime when he fired a political appointee, FBI Director James B. Comey, because that was in his powers as president.

"I hope I'm wrong" about Barr, he said. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said he was concerned Barr's previous testimony on the subject "could lay the groundwork for potentially no transparency at all".

Making a clear commitment to releasing the special counsel's findings, said Vermont Sen.

Dianne Feinstein, said last week that she is anxious that Barr won't be a check on the president who appointed him. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is now filling the position.

Barr was nominated by President Donald Trump in December to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office told Channel 2 Thursday that Murkowski intends to support Barr's confirmation when it goes to a vote of the full Senate, which could take place as soon as next Thursday, according to Roll Call.

Whitaker has also been criticized for not recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation despite his past comments openly criticizing the Mueller probe in media appearances before he joined the DOJ.

Barr said in his hearing last month that he is a friend of Mueller's and that "it is vitally important" that the special counsel be allowed to complete his investigation.

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