Barr, a lawyer who was previously attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under the late President George HW Bush, has defended Trump's controversial decision to fire then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 when Comey was leading the Russian Federation probe. The sources say that Barr, who became a corporate executive after leaving the Justice Department, isn't especially keen to return to the attorney general position after 25 years, but will serve if asked to out of a sense of duty.
Juan Williams and former Bush adviser Karl Rove sparred over the qualifications of a top potential pick for U.S. Attorney General.
Barr is now employed with the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Washington, D.C. There, he still advises corporations with enforcement and regulatory issues, according to The Washington Post.
Rove noted Barr respects Mueller, who led the FBI's criminal division when the former was AG under Bush.
Barr was George H.W. Bush's attorney general between 1991 and 1993.
Regardless, Barr's confirmation process is likely to take months. "Those are the best attorneys general", said Democratic Sen.
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Barr is reportedly well-liked inside the administration and among Republican lawmakers.
Before that, he also served as deputy attorney general and assistant attorney general overseeing the Office of Legal Counsel.
Democrats won't be encouraged to learn that he expressed support for Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and recommended further investigation of Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Barr has been critical publicly of the special counsel's investigation. In 1977 he received his law degree from George Washington University before working in the Reagan administration as a member of the White House Domestic Policy department.
"In my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party ..."
Mr Barr holds degrees in government and Chinese studies from Columbia University.
Barr, a Columbia University graduate, worked at the Central Intelligence Agency while attending the George Washington University Law School at night.