Senate Judiciary Poised To Approve Barr For Attorney General

In a party-line vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of William Barr to serve as the next U.S. attorney general.

Barr previously was in several high-level DOJ positions, including as US attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration. His nomination will be headed to the Senate floor for a full vote.

Opposition Democrats fear Donald Trump's pick to be attorney general, Bill Barr, will protect the president from the special counsel's investigation and a possible impeachment effort arising from.

"I appreciate what Mr. Whitaker has done, but I think the time has come for new leadership at the department", Graham added.

Barr has said he would allow Mueller to complete the investigation but has not confirmed that he would release the report of the investigation in its entirety.

"Mueller should not be permitted to demand that the President submit to interrogation about alleged obstruction", according to the Barr memo.

Attorney-general nominee William P. Barr in the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last month. Barr has said he will be as transparent as possible under Justice Department regulations, but many Democrats are skeptical.

Barr said he also "weighed in repeatedly" to "complain" about the DOJ prosecuting Democratic. Sen.

In his hearing, Barr pledged to release "as much as I can" of Mueller's findings to the public, to provide Mueller with the resources and time to finish the job, to not terminate Mueller without good cause and to notify Congress if he denied a major request during the investigation.

Addressing the memo, Barr said it was "very common" for him and other former senior officials to offer their opinions on DOJ matters they believed to be legally improper.

"I think we all have seen presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, appoint people who are in our judgment political hacks", Sen.

Barr's nomination is being closely watched - and came under scrutiny at the committee level - in part because the Justice Department oversees the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the 2016 Russian election interference.

Dianne Feinstein, said last week that she is anxious that Barr won't be a check on the president who appointed him.

Vanessa Coleman