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President Donald Trump has nominated William Barr to be the new attorney general, a post he held in the 1990s.

George Terwilliger, who served as the No. 2 official in the Justice Department when Barr was attorney general, said Barr would bring "40 years of high level experience, both in government and in business, which gives him a perspective that fits many of this administration's priorities". With the current session of Congress set to soon end, anyone Trump nominates may have to wait until well into 2019 for confirmation.

In this November 26, 1991, file photo, President George H.W Bush, right, and William Barr wave after Barr was sworn in as the new Attorney General of the United States at a Justice Department ceremony in Washington. "Those are the best attorneys general", said Democratic Sen.

Democrats would presumably want reassurances that Barr, who as attorney general would be in position to oversee Mueller's investigation, would not do anything to interfere with the probe.

The Washington Post first reported that Barr is the leading candidate.

How does Barr view the Mueller investigation?

Barr wrote that Comey "crossed a line that is fundamental to the allocation of authority in the Justice Department" in announcing the outcome of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

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Last November, Barr told the New York Times that he thought there was more of a case for investigating the Clinton Foundation's role in Russia's acquisition of Uranium One than there was for the Russian Federation investigation.

In a 2017 Fox News interview, Barr said that Mueller could have been "more balanced" in his choice of prosecutors, a majority of which have either ties to Democrats or have made donations to them.

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

"To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility", Barr said.

"In my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party ..." "I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group".

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No 2 Republican leader, agreed.