Nancy Pelosi Calls William Barr 'Deeply Concerning' as AG Nominee

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He said he will nominate William Barr, who was attorney general under former President George H.W. Bush in the 1990s, to fill that top job again at the US Justice Department. But Barr remained harshly critical of what he considered Walsh's prosecutorial overreach.

As the top USA law official at that time, he oversaw Robert Mueller, who was then leading the department's criminal division.

FILE - Then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, greet supporters after voting in Chappaqua, N.Y., November 8, 2016.

The American Civil Liberties Union voiced concern about Trump's pick to lead the Justice Department, saying Barr "must commit to defending the rule of law and civil rights, not serving as a political arm of Trump's anti-constitutional agenda".

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"I don't think anyone has claimed that either one of those investigations was improperly handled or somehow gave a pass to the individuals being investigated", von Spakovsky said.

After the Bush administration, Barr spent most of his time in telecommunications, joining GTE in 1994 and staying on after it merged with Bell Atlantic to become Verizon Communications Inc. A registered Republican, he's given to GOP candidates in recent years.

It's not clear whether Barr, if confirmed, would take office in time to shape the Mueller investigation, which has shown signs of being in its final stages.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, any collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign and possible obstruction of justice. In a Washington Post pieceabout how members of Mueller's team had donated to Democrats, Barr told the Post he thought it was a sign that the prosecutors might have had a strong party affiliation.

Slate on Friday also noted an interview Barr gave in 2001, where Barr says he "certainly did not oppose" any of the pardons.

Campaign donations do not disqualify nominees. Nauert, a former Fox News Channel host, would replace Nikki Haley, who said in October she would resign at the end of this year.

Democrats have begun pointing to Barr's weigh-ins on hot-button investigative matters.

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"Although an investigation shouldn't be launched just because a President wants it, the ultimate question is whether the matter warrants investigation", Mr. Barr had said.

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