Onward: Trump’s AG Crosses First Hurdle To Confirmation on Party-Line Vote

Enlarge this image

Enlarge this image

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr's nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he'll be once special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation concludes.

However, with Republicans holding 53 seats, Barr is widely expected to be approved by the upper chamber.

Barr is unquestionably experienced - having served previously in a variety of high-level Justice Department positions, including as attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration - and was viewed as one of the more mainstream options among those Trump was said to be considering.

Dianne Feinstein, said last week that she is anxious that Barr won't be a check on the president who appointed him.

Still, the senator said some questions raised over the probe could occupy the committee "for the next decade", and that portions of the final report could be so highly classified that they are never revealed to the public. His confirmation is expected to draw a bitter partisan fight, especially given how Barr would oversee the special counsel investigation.

"We need a steady hand at the Department of Justice, and I believe Mr. Barr provides that steady hand", said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, the committee's chairman.

Democrats have been critical of Barr, claiming they have concerns over his potential handling of the special counsel investigation. That committee voted on Wednesday to send more than 50 interview transcripts from its Russia probe interviews to Robert Mueller, the special counsel who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and allegations of collusion or obstruction of justice by the commander-in-chief.

Volunteers ready United States aid set for Venezuela as Maduro digs in
Trucks loaded with humanitarian aid for Venezuela arrive at Cucuta border on February 7, 2018. Around 800,000 Venezuelans are said to have crossed the border and settled in Colombia.

He said Barr did not make such a commitment.

"I'll hold him to that", Graham said.

"I hope I'm wrong" about Barr, he said.

"The American people are entitled to see the facts and judge for themselves", said Louisiana GOP Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., said.

"This is particularly concerning, as nothing in existing law or regulations prevents the attorney general from sharing the report", Feinstein said Thursday.

Democrats also expressed concern about Barr's memo he sent to the Justice Department previous year, unsolicited, that detailed presidential power and said Mueller had a "fatally misconceived" theory that Trump committed a crime when he fired a political appointee, FBI Director James B. Comey, because that was in his powers as president. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, said Thursday.

All 12 Republicans on the panel voted for Barr, while all 10 Democrats voted against him. The picks were renominated after their nominations expired at the end of last Congress and must restart the confirmation process.

Recommended News

  • Man shooting school bus driver in head

    Man shooting school bus driver in head

    He is expected to make his first appearance on the charges in Hennepin County District Court Friday. The complaint said Lilly was in a security guard uniform when the shooting happened.
    Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic regulations

    Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic regulations

    If it does, as seems likely, a ruling on the constitutionality of the Louisiana law would likely come next year. Yet, in 2000, he was the author of a 7-2 decision that reaffirmed the Miranda case.
    Jaguar Land Rover woes drive Tata Motors to biggest quarterly loss

    Jaguar Land Rover woes drive Tata Motors to biggest quarterly loss

    In JLR, the market conditions continue to be challenging particularly in China, Chandrasekaran said . The majority of the cuts are expected in United Kingdom management roles, costing the company £200m.
  • 3 World Series Contenders Nobody is Talking About

    Despite being loaded on offense, the Cardinals have been inefficient in 2019 and rank near the bottom-10 in runs and home runs. Louis has title-winning pedigree and are loaded offensively, but thus far simply haven’t delivered consistent results.

    How to Upgrade Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 Certification? ExamSnap Guide on Microsoft 70-743 Exam

    Depending on your behavior, it can be determined whether or not you are using exam dumps and if so, penalties will be imposed. As you can see the retake policy is a bit lenient, but it is still wise to make sure that you pass at the first attempt.
    BBC journalists arrested in Uganda released on police bond

    BBC journalists arrested in Uganda released on police bond

    In a statement, the BBC said it had been in contact with the relevant authorities and is working to resolve the situation. Sserwanjja was not home so his wife Vivian Nakaliika, a communication officer at the health ministry, was arrested.
  • Japan to Cull 15000 Pigs as Swine Fever Spreads

    Japan to Cull 15000 Pigs as Swine Fever Spreads

    They also deployed Chinese interpreters to warn tourists that bringing in pork products into Japan is prohibited in principle. Japanese authorities are battling to contain swine flu after the virus was detected at multiple sites in central Japan.
    Dina Lohan Has Never Met Her Boyfriend of Five Years

    Dina Lohan Has Never Met Her Boyfriend of Five Years

    Revealing that "he's in another state", she explained that they haven't met but that "it's not like that". I talked to his ma!" The other women weren't convinced, even suggesting she was being catfished.
    Sprint sues AT&T over 5G branding

    Sprint sues AT&T over 5G branding

    Similarly, Verizon launched non-standard fixed 5G service in four neighborhoods in California. The court has not responded publicly to the lawsuit, nor have any hearings been scheduled.
  • NYPD to Google: Quit tracking drunk-driving checkpoints on Waze

    While pressure from the Senate prompted Apple to remove some drunk-driving checkpoint apps in 2011, Google refused to fold. It insisted the app's capabilities should not be allowed and could even be considered illegal.
    Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur given eight life sentences

    Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur given eight life sentences

    Police would later discover the remains of seven men in garden planters at the home where McArthur had worked as a landscaper. Before he was arrested in January 2018, McArthur had been interviewed by police twice in connection with the disappearances.
    Moscow Talks Participant Sees Change In Taliban's Views

    Moscow Talks Participant Sees Change In Taliban's Views

    During his State of the Union address on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump said that negotiations were progressing well. Analysts said Moscow talks will pave the way for further talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.