The Friday news dump is real. On December 7th, about a month after announcing the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Matt Whitaker’s appointment as Acting AG, President Donald Trump has finally announced a more permanent replacement for the role. In fact, he’s already been through the confirmation process once. Trump’s nominee, William Barr, previously served as Attorney General under President George HW Bush from 1991 to 1993.

When announcing his nomination, along with UN Ambassador nominee Heather Nauert, Trump referred to Barr with high praise.

“I did not know him until recently, when I went through the process of looking at people, and he was my first choice from Day 1.”

Trump also referred to Barr as one of the “most respected jurists” in the country.

Barr attended Columbia University for his undergraduate and graduate career, not a surprise since his parents were both faculty members there. He received his law degree from George Washington University.

Though relatively young for the political sphere, Barr has had a strong career. He’s worked for the CIA, in the Reagan White House, and in private practice, all along with serving as Attorney General for the second half of Bush 41’s administration. Barr was originally just the Acting AG. After handling a tense hostage situation in which Cuban inmates too several individuals hostage, Bush decided to keep him on in the position.

Barr was confirmed unanimously by the Senate. It will be interesting to see who comes out against him now, and if they did so back during his original confirmation hearing. During that confirmation, Barr told the questioning senators that he thought Roe v Wade was wrongly decided. He still got every single one of their votes. That’s some bipartisanship, and speaks to Barr’s ability to hold the position then and now.

In recent years, Barr has spoken out occasionally on political issues. He has said that he believes investigations into Hillary Clinton are appropriate, though perhaps ‘Lock Her Up’ chants are not. Barr believes Trump was right to fire FBI director James Comey, who is set to testify before Congress in a private hearing on Friday.

Barr, who is 68-years-old, has been married to his wife, Christine, since 1973. No timeline for his confirmation has been announced.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member