William Barr, the conservative Washington, D.C., attorney who headed the Justice Department in the early 1990s, will be President Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. attorney general.
The president made the announcement in comments to the press Friday morning. Barr, who was a former U.S. attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, currently serves as of counsel at Kirkland & Ellis. He will be tapped once again to head the Justice Department in a fraught time for the agency, which oversees special counsel Robert Mueller III’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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