President Donald Trump said Friday that he will nominate a former George H.W. Bush administration official for the post of attorney general, according to ABC News.
William Barr served as Bush’s attorney general, during which time he oversaw Robert Mueller, who then led the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
And though Barr has not fallen on either side of the debate over the legitimacy of Mueller’s current special counsel investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion by the Trump campaign, he has said he believes Hillary Clinton’s activities deserve further scrutiny.
Barr has remained neutral on whether or not the Mueller probe is legitimate, but he has both written and spoken about many topics relating to players in the investigation.
Barr wrote that Comey “crossed a line that is fundamental to the allocation of authority in the Justice Department” in announcing the outcome of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
ABC News also noted that Barr said last year that Clinton’s involvement in the 2010 sale of uranium to Russia warrants further attention:
On another Clinton-related investigative topic, Barr told The New York Times in November of last year he believed that there was more justification for the Department of Justice to investigate Clinton’s role in approving a 2010 sale of U.S. uranium stockpiles to a Russian energy company in what is commonly known as the “Uranium One” deal, than for investigating any potential collusion between President Trump and Russians.
Barr said that not pursuing an investigation of “Uranium One” would be evidence that “the department is abdicating its responsibility.”
If confirmed, Barr will take over the role from acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who Trump appointed after firing Jeff Sessions earlier this year, and will assume oversight of the special counsel investigation.