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Is This Man the Next Attorney General of the United States?

He's a lawyer, and has ties to the late President George H.W. Bush, who passed away just last week.

By NTK Staff | 12.06.2018 @3:15pm
Is This Man the Next Attorney General of the United States?

President Trump may be close to picking a permanent replacement for ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and according to The Washington Post the job may go to a man who has had it before.

The Post reported on Thursday that the “leading candidate” for the attorney general job is William P. Barr, an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis and an attorney general under the late President George H.W. Bush.

Barr, 68, a well-respected Republican lawyer who served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a favorite candidate of a number of Trump administration officials, including senior lawyers in the White House Counsel’s Office, these people said. Two people familiar with the discussions said the president has told advisers in recent days that he plans to nominate Barr.

Barr has declined comment. After serving as President Bush’s final attorney general, Barr spent 14 years at corporations like GTE and Verizon. Barr joined the firm Kirkland & Ellis in 2009.

While it’s unclear what positions Barr holds at this point – and Democrats will certainly probe his views in any confirmation hearing – the former Bush appointee may continue the Trump/Sessions ‘tough on crime’ approach.

Here’s a 1992 article on Barr’s first stint as attorney general from The New York Times, which could have been written in 2017 about Sessions:

Mr. Barr has begun his tenure with a series of anti-crime measures, mainly redeploying existing manpower on his violent-crime priorities: gangs, drugs and guns. Each step appears modest, but together his proposals suggest that Mr. Barr is trying to shift the department to a more aggressive stance.

Barr may be seen in Washington as a somewhat restrained pick from Trump, especially with names like Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani reportedly under consideration.

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