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Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing regarding the Department of Justice’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

When William Barr sat down for his first major media interview after being confirmed as President Donald Trump’s attorney general, he was asked whether he was concerned about his reputation. After all, his predecessor was repeatedly attacked by Trump for perceived disloyalty, and other senior officials quickly tried to distance themselves from the administration once they left, often through unceremonious firings.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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