Global One (G1)— U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Dec. 7 plans to nominate William Barr as his next attorney general.
If confirmed by the Senate, it would be Barr’s second stint as U.S. attorney general.
He first served for George H.W. Bush from 1991-1993.
Barr would replace the acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who took over the role after Jeff Sessions resigned in November due to reported pressure from the White House.
Trump called Barr a “highly respected lawyer” who is one of the most respected jurists in the country.
The president also said, “He was my first choice since Day One.”
Barr has reportedly criticized parts of the Russia investigation and defended many of the president’s actions, which concerns some.
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, however, called Trump’s choice a “superb nomination.”
Barr would be keeping the Justice Department in the family, as his daughter currently heads response to the opioid crisis for the department.