William Barr's Confirmation Hearings For Attorney General

William Barr's Confirmation Hearings For Attorney General

William Barr's Confirmation Hearings For Attorney General

President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, told politicians on Tuesday that he would protect a federal probe into Russian election meddling from political pressure, stressing he would bring independence to the job and not shy away from breaking ranks with the administration. He sought to reassure senators that he could be trusted to oversee special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Mueller is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, whether Trump or any of his associates conspired in the effort and whether Trump has obstructed justice. Trump wanted to know what Mueller, who worked for Barr when he led the Justice Department between 1991 and 1993, was like. He said believes Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the election and said he support an investigation "to get to bottom of it".

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec has said Barr wrote the memo on his own initiative and relying only on publicly available information.

Barr has broad support from Republicans who control the Senate, but some Democrats have questioned whether he is the best choice to serve as the top US law enforcement officer at a time when Trump faces several investigations.

Attorney general nominee William Barr met with senators including Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, last week.

President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general will tell senators that Trump didn't seek any assurances or promises before nominating him.

Since Jeff Sessions had recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation due to his own ties to the Trump campaign, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was acting Attorney General when it came to the investigation.

The nomination of Barr raised concerns related to how he might treat Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which he would be overseeing if confirmed for the position. Rosenstein did not respond and was "sphinx-like", Barr recalled.

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Feinstein said the nominee's past rhetoric in support of expansive presidential powers "raises a number of serious questions about your views on executive authority and whether the president is, in fact, above the law".

He said he followed up with a memo to Rosenstein in June that argued that Mueller should not be able to interview the president about his decision to fire James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Barr will tell senators the Justice Department can not allow people to flout America's legal system by "crashing in through the back door".

Barr also sent the memo to White House lawyers and discussed it with Trump's personal attorneys and a lawyer who represents Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Barr said in his prepared testimony he meant to "keep up the pressure" on chronic violent criminals; focus on the danger of political violence in what he called a highly divided nation; and execute the administration's priorities on border and immigration enforcement.

The special counsel is required to confidentially report his findings to the Justice Department. Barr stopped short of directly pledging to release Mueller's report but expressed general support for disclosing the findings.

Barr appears to address those concerns in his prepared remarks, saying, "it is very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the Special Counsel's work".

"My goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law", he said.

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