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William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be U.S. attorney general on Jan. 15, 2019. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / NLJ

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is considering Claire Murray, a former White House lawyer who recently joined his staff, for a top Justice Department role overseeing civil litigation, including the defense of Trump administration policies, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Murray, among a small group of Barr advisers who previously worked in the Trump White House counsel’s office, is expected to succeed Jesse Panuccio as the principal deputy associate attorney general, a role that has taken on new prominence as the Trump administration has struggled to fill the third-ranking Justice Department position.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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