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William Barr nominated by Donald Trump to be US attorney general

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    After Trump fired Jeff Sessions from AG last month, there have been a number of issues involving the Acting AG Matt Whitaker. While some of his views are obviously concerning, Barr seems like a...

    After Trump fired Jeff Sessions from AG last month, there have been a number of issues involving the Acting AG Matt Whitaker.

    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 voiced disapproval over some aspects of the inquiry but his views on the investigation's legitimacy remain unknown.

    He has said that Robert Mueller hired too many prosecutors with Democratic campaign ties for his investigative team - telling the Washington Post he "would have liked to see [Mueller] have more balance".

    In a 2017 opinion piece for the Post, Mr Barr said Mr Trump had been right to fire FBI director James Comey because he "crossed a line" by announcing the outcome of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

    He has also defended Mr Trump's desire for a criminal investigation against Hillary Clinton to the New York Times, adding that some of her actions merited an inquiry more than any Trump-Russia collusion.

    The Times has described Mr Barr as a lawyer with a vision for broad presidential powers, but also one who sees the attorney general's duty as avoiding political considerations.

    While some of his views are obviously concerning, Barr seems like a much better pick than Whitaker. We will have to see how this shakes out, but I am encouraged that someone with past experience as Attorney General will be stepping into the role rather than an unqualified dunce like Whitaker.

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