Onward: Trump’s AG Crosses First Hurdle To Confirmation on Party-Line Vote

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 9, 2019

"If the committee's driven based upon the facts that we have at hand, I have a very hard time understanding how you can come to two different conclusions", Burr said during the interview. Still, the GOP has the majority in the Senate, which means he'll likely be confirmed.

The committee also advanced dozens of nominations for federal appeals courts and district courts, many on a 12-10, party-line vote.

"I'm speaking to what I hope is the 60 percent in the middle that are saying, 'Give me the facts that I need to make a determination in this one particular instance - what happened.' And that's what our focus is", he said.

The House Intelligence Committee, now chaired by a Democrat, has announced plans to reopen and expand its investigation into Russia's actions during the 2016 election, contacts between the Russian government and Trump's team, as well as "whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business or his associates". Barr has publicly and privately raised questions about that probe, which is exploring whether the campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election, and lawmakers from both political parties have pressed him on the extent to which he will make its findings public. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, said Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to recommend his nomination to the full Senate.

Democrats are not alone in wanting Mueller's findings to be made public. Sen.

Similarly, Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) said that the Justice Department would "be better off just disclosing" Mueller's report - but that he was confident the document would be leaked. "We are already seeing unsafe threats to the rule of law".

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, said she was concerned that Barr won't commit to releasing Mueller's report to Congress.

Democrats have also criticized 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.

Barr also maintained that he has known Mueller for decades, respects him, and believes he should be allowed to complete his work.

A confirmation vote on Barr is expected some time this month. "I do not think that any fair-minded person could call Bill Barr a political hack". Barr, meanwhile, scheduled several individual meetings with lawmakers, seeking to answer whatever outstanding questions they might have had.

Barr pledged at his confirmation hearing to keep politics out of Justice Department decisions and said he would refuse an instruction from the president to fire Mueller absent good cause to do so.

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