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Barr First Turned Down Trump Defense Lawyer Offer

09 December 2018

"Barr is highly capable, highly respected and will provide new and much-needed leadership for the Department of Justice".

"I will do everything in my power to push him through the Senate Judiciary Committee and onto the floor of the Senate for eventual confirmation as soon as possible."

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. But an attorney general opposed to the investigation could theoretically move to cut funding or block certain investigative steps.

In recent incidents, Barr has defended Trump over firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in the year 2017.

Eventually, according to one unnamed source, Trump spoke to Barr in the White House about the job, asking "if he was interested", per the report.

"As a former Attorney General", concluded Barr, who served in that position under President George H.W. Bush, "that is disturbing to me". "I don't it see affecting a relationship going forward if they are both in DOJ".

Trump told reporters last month that Nauert was "excellent", adding, "She's been a supporter for a long time". That will come in handy because, once Barr is confirmed, Mueller will again be reporting to him.

If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would succeed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was forced out by Trump in November following an acrimonious tenure.

"In my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party", Barr said. Trump had repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, blaming that move for the eventual appointment of an independent counsel with a wide mandate to probe Trump's campaign and actions as president.

According to Daniel Benjamin, a State Department counterterrorism coordinator during the Barack Obama administration, Nauert's appointment shows that Trump and his top officials are looking to firmly control U.S. foreign policy.

Trump's nominee for United Nations ambassador is still fairly new to political work, having taken her first government job only a year and a half ago with the Trump administration.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) slammed Nauert's nomination on Friday, calling her "unqualified and Islamophobic".

Nikki Haley has been described as moderate, pragmatic, powerful and fearless - and for two years, the outgoing US ambassador to the United Nations spearheaded some of US President Donald Trump's most nationalistic and controversial policies on the world stage. Haley insisted that she be made a member of Trump's Cabinet and his National Security Council to bolster her power within the administration.

Barr First Turned Down Trump Defense Lawyer Offer