- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 6, 2018

Former Attorney General William P. Barr may soon have his old job back, according to a report Thursday.

The Washington Post reported that Mr. Barr, who was the nation’s top law enforcer under President George H.W. Bush, is the favorite candidate among a number of Trump administration officials to become a permanent successor to the ousted Jeff Sessions.

President Trump has even told advisers in recent days that he plans to nominate Mr. Barr, The Post said citing two sources familiar with the discussions. Although one source told The Post the decision is not final and Mr. Trump could still pick someone else.

Mr. Barr, who is currently an attorney with Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, declined to comment to The Post

Another candidate is said to be Rep. John Ratcliff, Texas Republican, according to The Post.

Administration officials are said to be high on Mr. Barr because they believe he would win confirmation support from both Republicans and Democrats. The one-time attorney general is seen as conservative enough for Republicans. However, he doesn’t appear to have a personal loyalty to Mr. Trump, which could appease Democrats concerned the next attorney general could interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.


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