Senate panel approves William Barr, Trump's attorney general pick

Senate panel votes to advance nomination of William Barr, Trump's pick to be the next attorney general

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.

Democrats said they anxious about confirming Barr to return to the Justice Department - he already served as attorney general in the administration of former President George H.W. Bush - with less than an ironclad promise to release Mueller's findings.

"I think we need a steady hand at the Department of Justice, and I believe he has that steady hand", Graham said.

Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Barr told him that with respect to the special counsel's eventual findings, Barr would "not allow executive privilege as a reason to cover up wrongdoing".

Barr, a longtime communications industry lawyer who was originally attorney general in the early 1990s, was approved 12-10, with all Republicans in support and all Democrats opposed. While Barr has vowed to be as transparent as he can be, Democratic lawmakers have said that is not adequate.

Patrick Leahy of Vermont called the "extraordinary circumstances" of 2019, as special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained 37 indictments on various charges during his investigation.

Republicans said they were confident Barr would make as much of the report public as possible.

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Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Richard Burr recently revealed that there is no evidence for collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation.

Almost nine in 10 Americans say special counsel Robert Mueller's eventual findings should be made public, according to a new CNN poll released Thursday.

A practicing Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Barr said in his confirmation hearings that he did not believe his faith would hinder his ability to serve as an effective attorney general.

Democrats have also criticized a memo Barr wrote to the Justice Department before his nomination in which he criticized Mueller's investigation for the way it was presumably looking into whether Trump had obstructed justice. "I voted against Mr. Barr's nomination because I have little confidence in his willingness and ability to meet this challenge". Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, meanwhile, said in meeting with Barr, he thought Barr was a "good person" who reminded him of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Whitaker has also been criticized for not recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation despite his past comments openly criticizing the Mueller probe in media appearances before he joined the DOJ. "I don't know what Bob Mueller is writing", Barr said at his hearing last month.

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