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Senate committee advances Barr’s AG confirmation

11 February 2019

All 12 Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee voted for Barr Thursday, while all 10 Democrats voted against him, Xinhua news agency reported. Among independents, 88 percent said the report should be released.

Meanwhile, Barr pledged during his hearing to release "as much as I can" of the special counsel findings.

Barr has said he would allow Mueller to complete the investigation but has not confirmed that he would release the report of the investigation in its entirety.

Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said before the vote that he begged Barr to get back into public service because he has the kind of experience the country needs at this time.

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Barr would succeed Jeff Sessions, whom Trump sacked in November amid rising pressure on the White House from the Russian Federation investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Barr criticized the investigation past year in a memo to the Justice Department, but he told the committee in confirmation hearings three weeks ago that he would allow Mueller to conclude his work and said he would make as much of his findings public as possible.

"After two years of relentless attacks on Americans' civil rights by the President and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, we need an Attorney General who will work to uphold the values that are most in danger", said Booker. Dianne Feinstein, said last week that she is anxious that Barr won't be a check on the president who appointed him. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, introduced legislation requiring a special counsel to submit a report to Congress. When nominated the first time in 1991, the Senate approved Barr by unanimous voice vote. "We are already seeing risky threats to the rule of law". Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee grilled Barr on issues relating to the Mueller probe and executive privilege, criminal justice policy, immigration, and more.

Opponents have also cited a memo Barr wrote to the Justice Department before his nomination in which he criticized Mueller's investigation for the way it was presumably looking into whether Trump had obstructed justice.

Senate committee advances Barr’s AG confirmation