William Barr is a former attorney general who served under President George H.W. Bush. He is under consideration to be President Donald Trump’s next attorney general.
Barr, 68, served at the head of the Department of Justice from 1991 to 1993. The Washington Post reports that he is the leading candidate to be Trump’s next pick for attorney general.
Matthew Whitaker currently serves as the acting attorney general. He was previously the chief of staff to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was forced out last month.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. William Barr is The Leading Candidate to Be Trump’s New AG
The Washington Post reports that Barr is has emerged as the leading candidate to be Trump’s next attorney general. According to the report, the former Bush AG is a “favorite” candidate of numerous White House officials, including senior attorneys in the White House Counsel’s Office.
A source told the outlet that Barr is “a really serious contender and possibly the front-runner.”
“He’s a serious guy,” the source said. “The president is very, very focused on [a candidate] looking the part and having credentials consistent with the part.”
According to the report, the president has told advisers that he plans to nominate Barr. Officials are preparing for his nomination to be announced in the coming days.
His confirmation could take months.
2. William Barr Served as Attorney General Under George H.W. Bush
Barr, 68, served for two years as the attorney general under George H. W. Bush before Bush lost his re-election bid to Bill Clinton.
He previously served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel.
George Terwilliger, who served as Barr’s deputy, told The Washington Post that Barr brings “40 years of high level experience, both in government and in business, which gives him a perspective that fits many of this administration’s priorities.”
“I have no way of knowing if the report that he’s a leading candidate is accurate, but if he was, because of both his government and corporate background, he would enjoy widespread support — both in and outside the legal community,” he added.
3. William Barr is a Longtime Public Servant
Prior to joining the Bush administration, Barr worked on the domestic policy staff at the White House under Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1983.
He previously worked for the CIA from 1973 to 1977.
From 1988 to 1987, he served as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm Wilkey on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
4. William Barr Has Worked for Huge Companies Since Leaving The Public Sector
In his early years, Barr worked for nine years at the Washington DC law firm Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge.
After leaving the Department of Justice, Barr worked for the GTE Corporation which later became Verizon, where he retired as a senior executive in 2008.
In 2009, he became an independent director of Time Waner and a counsel to Kirkland & Ellis, which he joined in 2017.
5. Other AG Candidates Have Emerged As Well
According to The Washington Post, advisers cautioned that Trump may still …read more