Trump Reportedly Set to Nominate William Barr as AG: Barr Said Clinton/Uranium One Has More Basis to Investigate Than Trump/Russia
As Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting United States attorney general continues to make many on both sides of the aisle uncomfortable, the President appears to be considering nominating a new Attorney General sooner rather than later.
According to multiple sources speaking on the condition of anonymity to the Washington Post, Mr. Trump has told his advisers in recent days that he plans to nominate William P. Barr as his next attorney general.
Barr, who served as US attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, is a well respected lawyer among Republicans, and following his time as AG served as general counsel and executive vice president of Verizon Communications.
The issue many Democrats and some Republicans may have with a possible Barr nomination are statements he made in the past about Hillary Clinton, James Comey and the president’s authority to investigate the Uranium One deal.
In November of 2017 Barr told the New York Times he believed there was more basis to investigate the Uranium One deal that Clinton was allegedly involved in, than whether or not President Trump colluded with the Russians. He also said that there would be nothing wrong with then Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for an investigation into both Clinton and James Comey in regards to Clinton’s private email server.
“There is nothing inherently wrong about a president calling for an investigation,” said Barr. “Although an investigation shouldn’t be launched just because a president wants it, the ultimate question is whether the matter warrants investigation.”
While everyone knows that Mr. Trump can change his mind in a heartbeat, the general feeling among those close to the matter, is that a decision on Barr could take place within a matter of days. With that said, any confirmation hearing could drag out for weeks or months as it will undoubtedly be a hotly debated topic among senators.