President Trump’s pick to lead the Justice Department has the vote needed to be confirmed in the Senate.
According to CNBC:
President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr has secured enough votes in the Senate to take over the Justice Department as attorney general, where he will oversee special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
Barr, 68, was widely expected to be confirmed by the Republican-majority Senate on Thursday. He had served in the same role more than two decades earlier in President George H.W. Bush’s administration, and had recently passed procedural hurdles in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate in votes that largely fell along party lines.
But the Justice Department veteran still came under heavy scrutiny during his confirmation process. Democrats in particular grilled Barr during congressional testimony about how he would handle Mueller’s ongoing probe of Russia’s election interference and possible collusion with Trump campaign-related officials.
Barr’s rise to become the No. 1 law enforcement official in the country would also give him the responsibility to oversee Mueller’s investigation. The previous permanent attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recused himself from the government’s Russia probes in March 2017 following reports about his contacts with Russia’s then-ambassador to the U.S.
Barr stated he will make the Mueller investigations finding public if possible and considers Robert Mueller a friend.