Trump says he’ll nominate William Barr for attorney general
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Trump says he’ll nominate William Barr for attorney general

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    President Donald Trump announced that he is nominating William Barr, attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, as his attorney general, on the South Lawn of the White House, today, in Washington.

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    President George H.W Bush, right, and William Barr waved after Barr was sworn in as the new Attorney General of the United States, in Nov. 1991, at a Justice Department ceremony in Washington.

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WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump says he will nominate William Barr, former President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, to serve in the same role.

Trump made the announcement while departing the White House for a trip to Missouri today.

Trump says that Barr is “a terrific man” and “one of the most respected jurists in the country” and says, “I think he will serve with great distinction.”

He also says Barr was his “first choice from Day One.”

If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would succeed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was forced out by Trump in November. Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, is currently serving as acting attorney general.

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