William Barr Sworn in as New Attorney General
By Luis Mercado 02/15/2019
Senators on Thursday voted to confirm William Barr as the new Attorney General replacing acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.
He was nominated following the firing of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the temporary take over from Whitaker.
The vote was split 54-45 with most Republicans standing by President Trump’s choice while most Democrats opposed the nomination.
He was sworn in later that day by Chief Justice John Roberts with his wife Christine, President Donald Trump by his side.
Barr takes over the Justice Department when Special Counsel Robert Mueller is about to wrap up his investigation into Russia election meddling. Barr will decide how much information from the report should be released to the public.
Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would not commit to releasing the full report, but pledged transparency.
“I am not going to do anything that I think is wrong, and I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong,” Barr said. “By anybody—whether it be editorial boards, or Congress, or the President. I’m going to do what I think is right.”
In addition, he said he would not let President Trump make any correction to the final report before its release. Barr also promised he would secure the investigation until the very end.
Previously, Barr served as Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush from 1991-1993. He is the second person to serve as Attorney General twice between the Bush and Trump Administrations.