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Trump puts new attorney general in an awkward position from the start

Attorney general nominee William Barr. (Washington Post photo by Calla Kessler)

WASHINGTON – On William Barr’s first full day as attorney general, President Donald Trump singled him out during remarks in the Rose Garden after signing a national emergency declaration aimed at building his long-promised border wall. “I want to wish ...

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Senate confirms Barr as attorney general

Attorney general nominee William Barr. (Washington Post photo by Calla Kessler)

WASHINGTON – William Barr was confirmed Thursday as the U.S. attorney general, putting him in command of the Justice Department at one of the most politically charged moments in its history. Senators voted 54 to 45, mostly along party lines, ...

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Barr’s nomination to be attorney general advances in Senate after clearing procedural hurdle

Attorney general nominee William Barr. (Washington Post photo by Calla Kessler)

WASHINGTON – William Barr is all but guaranteed to become President Donald Trump’s next attorney general, after clearing a procedural hurdle Tuesday with the support of not just Republicans, but a few Democrats as well. The 55 to 44 vote ...

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Senate Judiciary Committee advances Barr’s nomination

Attorney general nominee William Barr. (Washington Post photo by Calla Kessler)

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday along party lines to advance William Barr’s nomination to become attorney general, a procedural step that sets the stage for his confirmation vote next week before the entire Senate. Because Republicans control ...

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Senate Judiciary Committee expected to advance Barr’s nomination to become attorney general

Attorney general nominee William Barr. (Washington Post photo by Calla Kessler)

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday is expected to vote to advance William P. Barr’s nomination to become attorney general – a procedural step that sets the stage for his confirmation vote next week before the entire Senate. ...

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Feinstein says she won’t vote for Barr as attorney general unless he promises to release Mueller report

Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, left, leans in to speak with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., during a hearing to assess the impact of the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, which Feinstein is trying to repeal, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Wednesday that she would not vote for attorney general nominee William Barr unless he were to commit to releasing the report generated by the special counsel investigation – something he has notably declined ...

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Barr confirmation hearing: Senate panel hears from colleagues, legal experts

Attorney general nominee William Barr. (Washington Post photo by Calla Kessler)

WASHINGTON – Advocates, legal experts and colleagues of attorney general nominee William Barr are testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, a day after he faced lawmakers to promise special counsel Robert Mueller would be allowed to continue his investigation ...

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William Barr on jailing journalists: ‘I know there are guidelines in place’

Attorney general nominee William Barr. (Washington Post photo by Calla Kessler)

The pause was eight seconds long, and it included an “ummm.” But the question from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., to attorney general nominee William Barr was unequivocal: “If you’re confirmed, will the Justice Department jail reporters for doing their jobs?” ...

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Barr vows to let special counsel investigation finish

Outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller speaks during an interview at FBI headquarters on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Washington. The nature of terrorism has changed in Robert Mueller’s dozen years as FBI director, but his concerns for the future are much the same as when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, merely a week after he’d taken over the bureau. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON – Attorney general nominee William arr said in written testimony released Monday that he would let Special Counsel Robert Mueller finish his investigation of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign without political interference and that it was “very important” Congress and ...

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William Barr’s hearing centers on another name: Mueller

Outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller speaks during an interview at FBI headquarters on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Washington. The nature of terrorism has changed in Robert Mueller’s dozen years as FBI director, but his concerns for the future are much the same as when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, merely a week after he’d taken over the bureau. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON – Two years of simmering tension between the White House, the Justice Department and Congress will culminate in Tuesday’s confirmation hearing of William Barr to be the next attorney general, where he is expected to resist Democrats’ demands for ...

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GOP senators promise Barr wouldn’t touch Mueller’s investigation if confirmed

WASHINGTON – Top Senate Republicans emerged Wednesday from meetings with attorney general nominee William Barr insisting that if confirmed, he would not hinder Robert Mueller III’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s Russia ties, despite previous statements blasting the probe for ...

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Senate GOP seeks quick action on Trump’s pick for attorney general

Senate Republicans are signaling that they want swift action on President Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, William Barr, by scheduling a two-day hearing this month on his nomination. The move, announced Wednesday, comes despite Democratic concerns over his argument, ...

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