Panel votes to advance nomination of William Barr for AG

Panel votes to advance nomination of William Barr for AG

A Senate panel voted on party lines Thursday to advance President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr, setting up a confirmation vote next week that will underscore the deep partisan divide over the nomination, particularly concerning how Barr would oversee the special counsel investigation.

The vote now heads to the full Senate, where Barr is expected to be confirmed in a vote as soon as next week.

"I think we need a new attorney general I appreciate what Mr. Whitaker has done but I think the time has come for new leadership in the department", Committee Chairman Sen.

But Democrats said Thursday that Barr, 68, has to be scrutinized under what Sen.

Democrats have raised concerns that he may limit the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in US elections.

Republicans said they were confident Barr would make as much of the report public as possible.

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I said 'You got a lot of good choices here.' And he asked about Bill Barr I said, 'That would be a great choice I think because you know what you are getting. But he said he could not understand the memo and would vote against Barr's nomination.

Support for a public release stands at 80 percent among Republicans who say they approve of the way President Trump is handling his job and 92 percent among Democrats who say they don't approve of how the president is doing his job.

Past year he sent an unsolicited legal opinion to the Justice Department and White House arguing that Mueller had no grounds to investigate Trump for obstruction of justice based on the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said.

Trump had repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election that includes examining the ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Whitaker said late last month the Mueller-led investigation is "close to being completed", although there has been no confirmation of this from the special counsel's office.

Barr broke with Trump in saying, "I don't believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt", a term Trump frequently used to decry the probe.