Senate panel approves Trump's attorney general nominee

Attorney General nominee Bill Barr right meets with Sen. Josh Hawley R-Miss. a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve Barr’s nomination

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.

"We need an Attorney General who will work to advance the principle of equal justice under the law".

Democrats said they anxious about confirming Barr to return to the Justice Department - he already served as attorney general in the administration of former President George H.W. Bush - with less than an ironclad promise to release Mueller's findings.

Senators debated Barr's candidacy for several hours, focusing on his potential role in supervising special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russian Federation investigation.

The vote now heads to the full Senate, where Barr is expected to be confirmed in a vote as soon as next week. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, called a memo in which Barr was critical of Mueller's probe "disqualifying", saying she's anxious that he has not committed to releasing Mueller's report to Congress.

Support for a public release stands at 80 percent among Republicans who say they approve of the way President Trump is handling his job and 92 percent among Democrats who say they don't approve of how the president is doing his job. "I hope and expect he will be confirmed next week".




Attorney General nominee Bill Barr departs after meeting with Sen. Democrats have also criticized Barr for not committing to publicly releasing Mueller's findings.

Dianne Feinstein, said last week that she is anxious that Barr won't be a check on the president who appointed him. "I voted against Mr. Barr's nomination because I have little confidence in his willingness and ability to meet this challenge".

Lawmakers have raised questions about a memo Barr wrote to Justice Department leaders questioning what he saw as the "fatally misconceived" theory of Trump obstructing justice that Mueller seemed to be exploring.

Barr said in his hearing last month that he is a friend of Mueller's and that "it is vitally important" that the special counsel be allowed to complete his investigation.

"I have concluded that Mr. Barr is qualified for the position & his record strongly suggests he will exercise independent judgment & uphold the best interests of the DoJ". Trump calls the probe a "witch hunt".

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