The Attorney General of Trump chooses Bill Barr to navigate questions about the Mueller probe by questions from Democrats
President President Torn's attorney general will have to go through his confirmation hearing in an expert manner, emphasizing that he supports Trump's policy, while assuring Democrats that he will act independently and will not interfere with Russian investigation by the special counselor. .
Barr will ask questions from the Senate Judicial Committee on Tuesday about his relationship with Trump and his views on executive power.
Barr intends to tell lawmakers that Trump has never pursued promises, commitments or commitments – and that he has not offered Trump – before he was nominated for the position.
Trump has repeatedly complained that his first Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, was not sufficiently loyal because he rejected himself from research by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Trump eventually forced Sessions out of office.
William Barr's confirmation hearing to return to the head of the Department of Justice promises that he will get firm grills from the Democrats about his views on the Robert Mueller probe
President Donald Trump chose Barr to replace Jeff Sessions, the attorney general he had fired in November
Barr, 68, is expected to be confirmed unless there is a big surprise during the hearing. It would be his second stint as attorney general, a position he held from 1991 to 1993 during the George H.W. Bush administration.
The hearing will be the first time that a prominent candidate for the committee will appear, as it considered the appointment by the Supreme Court of Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct. The panel has a new chairman, the Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina.
Graham said last week after meeting Barr that the nominee has confidence in Mueller and will have him complete his research in Russia.
Barr has a & # 39; high opinion & # 39; from Mueller, Graham told reporters. He had absolutely no indication that he would tell Bob Mueller what to do or how to do it. & # 39;
Barr and Mueller worked together when Barr was the Attorney General of Bush between 1991 and 1993 and Mueller supervised the department's criminal department. The two men are "best friends", said Graham, and have known each other for 20 years.
Their wives attend Bible study together and Mueller attended the weddings of two of Barr's daughters.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is Barr's best friend, said Senator Lindsey Graham, who said that the two men have known each other for twenty years and that their women are attending a Bible study together.
On Monday, the Ministry of Justice tried to prevent the most important questions Barr would probably have to face by releasing his prepared remarks. Barr plans to tell the senators that it is crucial to & # 39; is that Mueller may complete his research and believes that Congress and the public must learn the results.
I believe that it is in everyone's interest – the President, the Congress and, most importantly, the American people – that this issue is solved by allowing Special Counsel to finish his work, & # 39; says Barr.
Barr describes Mueller, a former colleague of the Ministry of Justice, as a friend he has known personally and professionally for 30 years. Mueller was head of the department's criminal department when Barr served as attorney general.
The special lawyer is obliged to confidentially report his findings to the Justice Department. In his prepared remarks, Barr ends up with direct commitments to release Mueller's report, but he expresses general support for announcing the findings, whatever they may be.
Democrats had expressed concerns about Barr's earlier remarks about the investigation in Russia, including an unsolicited memo that he sent last year to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized the investigation into whether the President had impeded the law.
Barr, pictured with the Republican Senator John Cornyn in Texas, made prepared remarks prior to Tuesday's hearing in an attempt to advance some of the Democrats' questions
Barr also sent the memo to the lawyers of the White House and discussed it with Trump's personal lawyers and a lawyer representing Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, he said in a letter to Graham.
Copies were sent by Barr to White House lawyer Emmet Flood, Solicitor General Noel Francisco and Pat Cipollone, who is now a White House adviser. Barr said he had discussed the contents of the memo with the lawyers of Trump, Jay Sekulow and Jane and Martin Raskin.
The development is expected to raise further questions during the hearing about Barr's contact with those close to Trump prior to his appointment. He insisted that the memo was not to influence public opinion about Mueller's research.
Barr has previously said that firing of FBI director James Comey was appropriate and that the Mueller team of prosecutors, criticized by Trump for including prosecutors who contributed to the Democrats, had more & # 39; balance & # 39; should have had.
The role of Barr leading the investigation into Russia can be of particular importance, as Rosenstein, who oversaw the daily work of the Mueller team, expects to leave the Justice Department shortly after Barr has been confirmed. It is not clear how much of the research will then be left behind.
Barr would replace Deputy Prosecutor General Matthew Whitaker, who refused to discard the investigation – despite the advice of an ethics officer from the Justice Department and calls from Democrats who quoted Whitaker's criticism from the past.