FAST FIVE: Former Attorney General And Ex-CIA Employee Top Trump Pick To Replace Sessions
Former US Attorney General William Barr is President Trump's leading candidate to replace former AG Jeff Sessions as head of the Justice Department – a choice which may come within days according to the Washington Post. If nominated, Barr would take over the Mueller Russia investigation for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who has been in the position since Sessions' ouster on November 7. Barr was noted as “an outstanding choice” by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is likely to lead the Judiciary Committee next year where he would oversee Barr's confirmation.
“I think he could get confirmed very easily,” Graham added. Senator John Cornyn of Texas – the #2 Republican in the Senate, agreed.
Bush, directed the investigation of the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing, and led counter-terrorism efforts under the first Gulf War according to his biography at law firm Kirkland Ellis, reports Bloomberg.
“I would have liked to see him have more balance on this group.” That said, Democrats may be waiting a while before Whitaker is no longer in charge of the Mueller investigation.
-WaPo And while Barr defended former FBI Director James Comey's decision to publicly announce the re-opening of the Hillary Clinton email investigation right before the 2016 election, he has also said that Trump was right to fire Comey and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Barr's daughter, Mary Daly, is a senior official within the Justice Department and oversees the agency's efforts to combat opioid abuse and addiction. .