Trump says he'll nominate Barr for attorney general

William Barr emerges as Trump’s leading attorney general candidate

Trump made no secret of his disdain for his attorney general after Sessions recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

A well-known conservative lawyer, Mr Barr held the role under President George H W Bush from 1991 to 1993. Barr later worked as a corporate general counsel and is now of counsel at a prominent global law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert's nomination would place a less senior person at the global agency than Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials.

At the time, White House officials said Trump was in no rush to nominate a permanent successor to Sessions, whom he fired November 7.

After leaving the Justice Department, Barr served in a variety of high-level corporate positions, including as general counsel and executive vice president of Verizon Communications. "Those are the best attorneys general", said Democratic Sen.

By replacing Jeff Sessions, who was sacked by Mr Trump last month, the 68-year-old will take charge of the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Barr served as Mueller's boss when he was attorney general in the early 1990s and Mueller led the criminal division at the Justice Department. Joe Biden, who said Barr should be "complimented" for his "candid answer", even though the eventual USA vice president did not agree.

It is unclear how Barr views that investigation.

He also wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in May 2017 defending Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, one of the actions Mueller has been examining for possible obstruction of justice. Trump and the White House have also repeatedly denied allegations of collusion.

Barr, a Columbia University graduate, worked at the Central Intelligence Agency while attending the George Washington University Law School at night.

In 2017, when asked by The Washington Post about political donations made by lawyers on the special counsel's team, Barr said "prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party", and added: "I would have liked to see [Mueller] have more balance on this group". He already received a bachelor's degree in government and a master's degree in government and Chinese studies - both from Columbia University.

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