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AG Nominee Barr Clears Committee Ahead of Final Senate Vote

AG Nominee Barr Clears Committee Ahead of Final Senate Vote

The 12 Republicans on the committee voted for Barr, while all 10 Democrats opposed.

To date, the committee has interviewed more than 200 witnesses and reviewed more than 300,000 pages of documents; it has held more than a dozen public hearings and released two interim reports, CBS News reported.

"I appreciate what Mr. Whitaker has done, but I think the time has come for new leadership at the department", Sen. But Grassley said he would support Barr's nomination, despite his reluctance to commit to releasing Mueller's findings.

Democrats have been critical of Barr, claiming they have concerns over his potential handling of the special counsel investigation.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the Judiciary Committee's highest-ranking Democrat, said Thursday she felt the document was "disqualifying" for Barr.

Barr, who served as attorney general between 1991 and 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, is expected to be confirmed in a vote that could come as early as next week.

In his January 15 confirmation hearings, Barr vowed to allow the special counsel to finish his investigation.




Attorney General nominee Bill Barr meets with Sen.

Barr was nominated by President Donald Trump in December to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But he has also noted that he takes seriously department regulations that say the report Mueller submits to the Justice Department should be treated as confidential.

"I think he reveres the law and the rule of law", Kennedy said. "I voted against Mr. Barr's nomination because I have little confidence in his willingness and ability to meet this challenge". "I hope and expect he will be confirmed next week".

But Durbin said Barr has "telegraphed his pitch" by writing an unsolicited memo to Justice Department and Trump lawyers a year ago about parts of the special counsel probe. Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee grilled Barr on issues relating to the Mueller probe and executive privilege, criminal justice policy, immigration, and more.

Barr would replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was pushed out by Trump previous year.

Whitaker said late last month the Mueller-led investigation is "close to being completed", although there has been no confirmation of this from the special counsel's office.

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