Nancy Pelosi Calls William Barr 'Deeply Concerning' as AG Nominee

Trump announces another round of Cabinet changes

Trump announces another round of Cabinet changes

If he is confirmed, Mr. Barr will replace acting AG Matthew G. Whitaker, who has also been a contender for the top job at the Justice Department.

Barr, who was acting attorney general at the time of the Talladega prison riots, has said he overruled a Bureau of Prisons plan to respond and instead directed the FBI to go in, telling officials there'd be no concessions and to prepare for a hostage rescue situation.

Asking, "Why is the Senate bringing and confirming candidates with questionable track records - on race or otherwise - to a vote on the floor?"

Barr would oversee the Russian Federation probe into the Trump campaign that started under Comey's watch and which the president has blasted as a "witch hunt".

As for how quickly Barr could be confirmed, one congressional source notes it's usually at least two months from nomination to confirmation and said if the appropriate paperwork gets to the Hill in time, a hearing could be held in January. "His compelling credentials and experience, serving at the highest levels in both government-including as a former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush-and in the private sector, make him more than well-qualified to lead the Department of Justice again", Grassley released in a statement.

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"To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility", Barr said.

Republicans gave strong backing, with Senator Lindsey Graham saying he is "highly capable, highly respected and will provide new and much-needed leadership for the Department of Justice".

On the United Nations front, Ms. Nauert, 48, will replace Nikki Haley at the United Nations, who will resign at the end of this year. "He is a fine man and a great choice to head the department". "She's very talented, very smart, very quick and I think that she will be respected by all", said the President.

If she is confirmed to the United Nations ambassador post, Nauert would bring little diplomatic experience to a highly visible global role. Secretary Pompeo appointed her as Acting Undersecretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy in April this year and she has accompanied Mr. Pompeo on foreign trips, most recently to Brussels on December 3 for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting of Foreign Ministers and meetings with the Belgian administration as Belgium takes a seat at the UN Security Council.

"I think the president has chosen a superb nominee who is precisely what the Department of Justice needs now, which is a steady hand", said Joseph diGenova, a Trump supporter and former USA attorney.

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