Publicado: Lun, Febrero 11, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Senate panel approves Trump's AG nominee William Barr

Senate panel approves Trump's AG nominee William Barr

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance President Donald Trump's nominee for Attorney General, William Barr, to a final vote on the Senate floor.

Many Democrat lawmakers on Capitol Hill are anxious about whether Barr would recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

But Barr has refused to promise that he will release the report in its entirety, citing Justice Department regulations that encourage prosecutors not to criticise people who they do not end up charging with criminal behaviour.

Several other Republican lawmakers, in deciding to cast their votes for Barr, said he should release the special counsel findings to the fullest extent, while protecting national security secrets.

Barr argued that Trump asking former FBI director James Comey to let go of the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and later firing Comey were within his powers as head of the executive branch.

Barr came under scrutiny for sending an unsolicited 20-page memo to the Department of Justice criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller probe's line of investigation into possible obstruction of justice.

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"I believe the memo is disqualifying", said Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, the panel's chair, urged his colleagues to confirm Barr, allowing him to take the helm of the Department of Justice, which has been led by acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker since Jeff Sessions was ousted in November. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., said. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) noted at Thursday's hearing he had introduced the bill with Blumenthal that would require the special counsel to produce a report to Congress when his work was done.

"I think he reveres the law and the rule of law", Kennedy said. When nominated the first time in 1991, the Senate approved Barr by unanimous voice vote. "I hope if he's the next attorney general, and he's likely to be, that what I saw in his family, what I saw in his resume, what I've seen in his commitment to the issue of justice, will come through clearly", Sen.

Before the committee vote, ranking member Sen.

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

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