Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve William Barr's nomination to be attorney general, a vote that is likely to be mostly along party lines as Democrats have questioned how transparent Barr will be once special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation concludes.

But he said he could not understand the memo and would vote against Barr's nomination. At the Judiciary Committee's hearing Thursday, all 10 panel Democrats voted against moving the nomination forward, while all 12 Republicans voted to advance it.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Sen.

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William Barr, nominee to be US attorney general, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Jan. 15.

He would replace acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker as the nation's top law enforcement official, who has been in the spot since Jeff Sessions was forced to resign in November.

But Barr has refused to promise that he will release the report in its entirety, citing Justice Department regulations that encourage prosecutors not to criticize people who they do not end up charging with criminal behavior.

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

A practicing Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Barr said in his confirmation hearings that he did not believe his faith would hinder his ability to serve as an effective attorney general.

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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to limit debate and cut off any filibuster threats against the Barr nomination Thursday, setting up votes as soon as the Senate finishes work on a bipartisan package of public lands bills.

"I have concluded that Mr. Barr is qualified for the position & his record strongly suggests he will exercise independent judgment & uphold the best interests of the DoJ".

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

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