Barr would also oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.
President Donald Trump's favorite for the available U.S. Attorney General position is none other than former AG William Barr, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The post of attorney general has vexed Mr. Trump since the early days of his presidency, when Mr. Sessions recused himself from overseeing an investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
Currently, Mr Barr is counsel at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Washington DC. "He's the kind of person who could get confirmed".
Barr has already held the position of attorney general, serving under the late President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993.
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Even if Barr were announced as the president's choice this week, it could take months for a confirmation vote, given the congressional schedule.
He also wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in May 2017 defending Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, one of the actions Mueller has been examining for possible obstruction of justice. "Those are the best attorneys general", said Democratic Sen. Mr. Trump broke the news Friday to reporters on the White House South Lawn on his way to Kansas City.
Administration officials expect Barr's nomination would be received positively by Republicans who respect his experience, and Democrats who would likely view him as an old-school Republican lawyer with no particular personal loyalty to the president.
At the Justice Department, Barr's work ranged from combatting violent crime to investigation the Pan Am 103 bombing. In 2017, he told The Washington Post that "prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party".
"He was my first choice since day one", Trump said.
Barr, a Columbia University graduate, worked at the Central Intelligence Agency while attending the George Washington University Law School at night.