Trump confirms he will nominate William Barr as attorney general

Dec. 7 (UPI) — President Donald Trump will nominate William Barr as the next U.S. attorney general, he confirmed Friday.

Barr, who served as attorney general under late President George H.W. Bush, has criticized the Russia investigation and supported Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.

“He was my first choice since Day One,” Trump said on the White House South Lawn.

Rumors that Barr would be the next attorney general first surfaced Thursday as the Trump administration floated the idea. The Washington Post was the first to report it, citing sources.

Barr will require confirmation by the U.S. Senate to get the job and Democrats have already identified contentious points on his resume. He ran the Justice Department when Bush pardoned officials in the Iran-Contra affair controversy.

“If he is the nominee, he will deserve a very rigorous vetting by the Senate,” said Norm Eisen, chair of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “He has advanced the bizarre idea that Hillary Clinton‘s role in the Uranium One deal is more worthy of investigation than Trump-Russia collusion. That is nonsense.”

Barr replaces Jeff Sessions, who was fired by Trump last month. It also means acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will no longer be in the post.

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