Full Senate to vote on Trump attorney general nominee Barr

Full Senate to vote on Trump attorney general nominee Barr

Today, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) voted against advancing the nomination of William Barr to serve as Attorney General.

The vote was along party lines, with all 12 Republican committee members voting to advance Barr's nomination and all 10 Democrats voting against the nomination.

Barr was nominated by President Donald Trump in December to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

If he wins the job, Barr's independence could be put to the test when Mueller wraps up his investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), the committee's chair, said that Barr had to be talked into returning to the Justice Department and that he trusted him to be "fair to the public and true to the law". When nominated the first time in 1991, the Senate approved Barr by unanimous voice vote.

"Mr. Barr and I had a detailed discussion on his priorities for the Department of Justice, and on many issues important to Alaska".

But Barr has refused to promise that he will release the report in its entirety, citing Justice Department regulations that encourage prosecutors not to criticise people who they do not end up charging with criminal behaviour.

Democrats have largely opposed Barr's nomination, saying they want a stronger commitment from him to fully release special counsel Robert Mueller's final report.

That view has alarmed Democrats, especially since the obstruction inquiry has been central to Mueller's overall investigation.

"At a time when our shared principles of equal protection and civil rights for all are under assault, we need an Attorney General who will rise to the challenge of defending them". On Thursday, Sen. John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, said that he would vote for it even though he said the "only question" is whether the Mueller report is going to leak "in toto" or in part.

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. Trump calls the probe a "witch hunt".

Barr pledged at his confirmation hearing to keep politics out of Justice Department decisions and said he would refuse an instruction from the president to fire Mueller absent good cause to do so.

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