Senate panel approves Trump attorney general nominee


Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the Senate, said he would oppose Barr's confirmation in the final vote. Democrats have also criticized Barr for not committing to publicly releasing Mueller's findings.

"I appreciate what Mr. Whitaker has done, but I think the time has come for new leadership at the department".

But Barr has refused to promise that he will release the report in its entirety, citing Justice Department regulations that encourage prosecutors not to criticize people who they do not end up charging with criminal behavior. Dan Sullivan, R-AK, said he met with Barr Thursday to discuss issues related to Alaska.

"After more than two years of investigation, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has not found evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the committee's Republican chairman said in interview", writes the Daily Caller.

The nomination now heads to the Senate floor, where Republicans have a 53-47 majority over Democrats and Democratic-caucusing independents.

Graham said that if Barr were to prevent release of a report by Mueller, he would support legislation being pushed by Senators Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, to require full transparency from the Special Counsel.

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"This is not the time to install an attorney general who has repeatedly espoused a view of unfettered executive power", Sen.

Opposition Democrats fear Donald Trump's pick to be attorney general, Bill Barr, will protect the president from the special counsel's investigation and a possible impeachment effort arising from. But he said he could not understand the memo and would vote against Barr's nomination.

All 12 Republicans on the panel voted for Barr, while all 10 Democrats voted against him.

"I don't believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt", Barr said.

Other recent candidates before the Senate Judiciary Committee have faced questions about their religious beliefs, concepts of sin and membership in charitable and fraternal organizations.

Whitaker has also been criticized for not recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation despite his past comments openly criticizing the Mueller probe in media appearances before he joined the DOJ.