Senate panel approves William Barr, Trump’s attorney general nominee

Senate panel approves William Barr, Trump’s attorney general nominee

The 12-10, party-line committee vote sends the nomination to the full Senate. When nominated the first time in 1991, the Senate approved Barr by unanimous voice vote. His confirmation is expected to draw a bitter partisan fight, especially given how Barr would oversee the special counsel investigation.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said before the vote. "I was very impressed with our conversation", Sullivan's statement said in part.

The full Senate will vote on Barr's confirmation next week, and he is expected to be approved.

In their opposition, Democrats cited a memo Barr wrote a year ago to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before he was nominated objecting to the obstruction aspect of the Mueller probe as "fatally misconceived" and said, "Mueller should not be permitted to demand that the President submit to interrogation about alleged obstruction".

Support for a public release stands at 80 percent among Republicans who say they approve of the way President Trump is handling his job and 92 percent among Democrats who say they don't approve of how the president is doing his job.

Democrats and many Republicans have said they believe Mueller's final report should be fully released.

Lawmakers have raised questions about a memo Barr wrote to Justice Department leaders questioning what he saw as the "fatally misconceived" theory of Trump obstructing justice that Mueller seemed to be exploring.

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Barr criticized the investigation previous year in a memo to the Justice Department, but he told the committee in confirmation hearings three weeks ago that he would allow Mueller to conclude his work and said he would make as much of his findings public as possible. Republicans praised his credentials and Democrats questioned how transparent he'll be once Mueller's Russian Federation investigation concludes.

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. Investigators have examined key episodes such as Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and Trump's fury over Sessions' recusal.

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. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said.

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.

Patrick Leahy of Vermont called the "extraordinary circumstances" of 2019, as special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained 37 indictments on various charges during his investigation.

The Republican president has repeatedly criticized the investigation as a "witch hunt" and denies any collusion with Moscow.

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