Senate Judiciary Committee Approves William Barr to Be New Attorney General

Attorney General nominee Bill Barr right meets with Sen. Josh Hawley R-Miss. a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve Barr’s nomination

Today, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) voted against advancing the nomination of William Barr to serve as Attorney General.

He is expected to win confirmation in the Republican-controlled chamber.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Sen. While Barr has vowed to be as transparent as he can be, Democratic lawmakers have said that is not adequate. "I was very impressed with our conversation", Sullivan's statement said in part.

All 12 Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee voted for Barr Thursday, while all 10 Democrats voted against him, Xinhua news agency reported.

Trump then made the highly controversial decision to install Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general.

During the hearing, Democrats on the Committee expressed concern about a memo that Barr wrote a year ago that called the Mueller investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election "fatally misconceived".

Meanwhile, Barr pledged during his hearing to release "as much as I can" of the special counsel findings. She also criticized Barr for not committing to publicly releasing Mueller's findings.

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"I appreciate what Mr. Whitaker has done, but I think it's time for new leadership at the department", Sen.

That view has alarmed Democrats, especially since the obstruction inquiry has been central to Mueller's overall investigation. In the memo, Barr wrote that Trump could not have obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey since it was an act the president was constitutionally entitled to take.

Barr would replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was pushed out by Trump a year ago. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, said Thursday.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation and whether the president obstructed the investigation.

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.

The Republican president has repeatedly criticised the investigation as a "witch-hunt" and denies any collusion with Moscow.

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