William Barr is leading candidate for new US attorney general
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Served as AG under HW Bush, has no particular loyalty to Trump, but
Barr shares at least one of the president’s views on the probe being conducted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. In 2017, when asked by The Washington Post about political donations made by lawyers on the special counsel’s team, Barr said “prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party,” and added: “I would have liked to see [Mueller] have more balance on this group.”
Barr also wrote last year that the administration’s decision to fire James B. Comey as FBI director was “quite understandable” because, in his view, Comey had usurped the power of the attorney general when he publicly announced his recommendation not to charge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the investigation of her private email server.
Barr was known as a strong defender of Presidential power and wrote advisory opinions justifying the U.S. invasion of Panama and arrest of Manuel Noriega, and a controversial opinion that the F.B.I.could enter
onto foreign soil without the consent of the host government to apprehend fugitives wanted by the United States government for terrorism or drug-trafficking.
Asked whether he thought a constitutional right to privacy included the right to an abortion, Barr responded that he believed the constitution was not originally intended to create a right to abortion; that Roe v.
Wade was thus wrongly decided; and that abortion should be a "legitimate issue for state legislators".Committee Chairman, Senator Joe Biden, though disagreeing with Barr, responded that it was the "first
candid answer" he had heard from a nominee on a question that witnesses would normally evade. Barr was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
im excited for the George H.W Bush Memorial Presidency
The US is confirmed to be cool with foreign law enforcement entering the country and arresting people? Neat
Sounds like kidnapping and diplomatic crisis to me.
These don't sound too bad. An attorney or lawyer who has donated to a political party can be assumed to be a supporter of that party. I do not believe Mueller is bias though, he's a clear-cut no-bullshit professional, the only FBI director to serve 2 and a half terms (Hoover doesn't count because he is the reason there are term limits on FBI Director).
Firing Comey is a yes and a no. It can be justified because he arguably swung the election toward Trump. Except that's not why Trump fired him, so it's still wrong that he was fired even though he just as easily could have been fired and it be justified. But thanks to Trump's big mouth we know he was actually fired in an attempt to halt investigation of Trump.
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