What to know about AG nominee William Barr's confirmation hearing

What to know about AG nominee William Barr's confirmation hearing

"As Attorney General, my allegiance will be to the rule of law, the Constitution, and the American people", Barr will say.

A serial liar, Trump has in the past mischaracterized his dealings with Russia in particular, denying he had business interests in the country when he was in negotiations to build a tower there and claiming a campaign meeting to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from a Russian source was in fact about adoptions.

He also pledged "zero tolerance" for hate crimes, saying "we can only survive and thrive as nation if we are mutually tolerant of each other's differences - whether they be differences based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or political thinking".

"I don't believe Mr Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt", he said when asked by the Republican chairman of the committee, Senator Lindsey Graham of SC. He said he would consult with ethics officials on whether he would need to recuse because of a critical unsolicited memo to the Justice Department a year ago, but the decision would be ultimately his. I look forward to this hearing.

Some Democrats are concerned about that very possibility, citing 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.

"The memo did not address - or in any way question - the special counsel's core investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election", Barr said.

"I want to thank the president for nominating somebody who is worthy of the job and who will understand on day one what the job is about - who can right the ship over there", Graham said. In that memo, which the New York Times obtained, Barr argued that Mr. Trump should not be forced to submit to questioning by the special counsel, because "Mueller's obstruction theory is fatally misconceived", and is based "on a novel and insupportable reading of the law".

Senate Democrats are preparing to grill and perhaps skewer US President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.

"Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and communications between journalists and their sources demand protection", the paper said.

Asked by Illinois Sen.

"My goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law", according to the prepared remarks.

Barr will tell senators the Justice Department can not allow people to flout America's legal system by "crashing in through the back door".

William Barr told members of Congress in written testimony ahead of his confirmation hearings on Tuesday that he's confident Mueller is handling his investigation properly and that he'd be as open as possible when it's complete.

Several Democratic senators thought to be potential presidential contenders in 2020 - including Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Amy Klobuchar - are among those set to question Barr. White House officials have contended that Barr would be swiftly appointed to the post by a GOP-controlled Senate. Republicans now hold 53 of the Senate's 100 seats.

Barr said a friend who was working to build the team reached out to him and asked what he had said about the president publicly and whether he had any conflicts.

The 68-year-old veteran Republican lawyer is an important player in Washington D.C. legal circles and has served as attorney general once before, in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Related Articles

  • Netflix is raising its subscription prices, again

    Netflix is raising its subscription prices, again

    Additionally, the company is also increasing its Basic plan, which offers a single non-HD stream, from $7.99 to $8.99 per month. Finally, its most premium offering that allows customers to binge in 4K will come in at $16-per-month instead of $14-per-month.
    Welsh Government 'stepping up' no-deal Brexit planning

    Welsh Government 'stepping up' no-deal Brexit planning

    It also makes possible "no Brexit" (for which the United Kingdom would revoke Article 50) and even "no deal" (once the extended Article 50 window closes)".
    Brexit: Theresa May warns rejecting deal would be 'catastrophic'

    Brexit: Theresa May warns rejecting deal would be 'catastrophic'

    British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday that a failure to support her Brexit deal will be catastrophic for Britain. Ian Blackford said MPs must take control of the Brexit process and ensure a no-deal outcome is avoided.
  • PG&E Stock Tumbles on Bankruptcy Filing

    PG&E Stock Tumbles on Bankruptcy Filing

    Pacific Gas and Electric, facing billions of dollars in claims over the deadly 2018 Camp Fire, is headed to bankruptcy court. Shares of PG&E plunged 55% in initial premarket trading following the filing and was still down 40% shortly after 5 a.m.
    Newmont Mining to buy Goldcorp

    Newmont Mining to buy Goldcorp

    Shareholders of Newmont Mining Corp . will own 65 percent of the combined business, with Goldcorp shareholders owning 35 percent. The deal has the unanimous support of the directors of both companies but requires regulatory approvals in several countries.
    Canadian Adam Svensson shoots a stunning 61 to lead Sony Open

    Canadian Adam Svensson shoots a stunning 61 to lead Sony Open

    Jordan Spieth launches what he hopes will be a bounce-back 2019 campaign Thursday when he tees it up in the US PGA Tour's Sony Open in Hawaii.
  • Congress to face same question: When will shutdown end?

    Congress to face same question: When will shutdown end?

    Last week, Mr Trump walked out of a meeting with them when Mrs Pelosi refused to agree to funding for his borer wall with Mexico . Such a move, should President Trump ultimately go that route, would nearly certainly be challenged in the courts.
    Trudeau confirms Saudi asylum seeker coming to Canada

    Trudeau confirms Saudi asylum seeker coming to Canada

    The attention prompted Thai immigration authorities to reverse their earlier decision to send her back to Saudi Arabia. Standing with Alqunun by her side at Toronto's airport Saturday, Freeland said: "This a very fearless new Canadian".
    USA  government shutdown becomes longest in history

    USA government shutdown becomes longest in history

    At the center of the funding battle is approximately $5 billion in funding for the border wall the president wants to build. The Post-ABC poll pegged the blame on Trump and Republicans at 53 percent to 29 percent on Democrats .
  • Death sentence for Canadian in China 'of extreme concern': PM

    Death sentence for Canadian in China 'of extreme concern': PM

    China remains the world's top executor, according to global monitors, though the country does not publish detailed statistics. Then it planned to hide it in tires and tubing and ship it via container to Australia, according to the court.
    Trump Rips Warren Over ‘Beer Catastrophe’ Video, References Wounded Knee, Little Bighorn

    Trump Rips Warren Over ‘Beer Catastrophe’ Video, References Wounded Knee, Little Bighorn

    He added, "Best line in the Elizabeth Warren beer catastrophe is, to her husband, "Thank you for being here". Warren's office could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday night.
    Meghan Markle Just Made A Big Announcement About Her Due Date

    Meghan Markle Just Made A Big Announcement About Her Due Date

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were visiting the town of Birkenhead on their first public appearance of 2019. Later, the couple will visit Tomorrow's Women Wirral before moving on to the Hive Wirral Youth Zone.