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William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney general

William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney generalWASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr was sworn in Thursday for his second stint as the nation's attorney general, taking the helm of the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.



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William Barr: Senate confirms Trump pick as new attorney general

William Barr: Senate confirms Trump pick as new attorney generalThree months following the ousting of Jeff Sessions, the Senate voted to confirm William Barr for his second stint as attorney general. The Senate confirmation on Thursday will grant Mr Barr, a hardline Republican, the power to supervise the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia and its interference with the 2016 presidential election. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 54-45 in favour of President Donald Trump’s nominee for the post.



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Senate approves William Barr as Donald Trump's new attorney general

Senate approves William Barr as Donald Trump's new attorney generalThe US Senate has approved President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr, putting the veteran Republican lawyer in charge of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of any ties between Mr Trump’s campaign and Russia. The vote was 54-45, primarily on a party-line basis with most Republicans backing the 68-year-old and most Democrats opposed. Democrats had expressed concern over Mr Barr's nomination out of concern he might not fully make public Mr Mueller's findings. But with the Senate controlled by the Republicans, Mr Barr's confirmation was always assured. Previously attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George HW Bush, Mr Barr has won praise from lawmakers in both parties for his expertise and grasp of the workings of the Justice Department, which he will now head. He is the third man in barely two years to occupy that post, replacing acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr Trump ousted Mr Sessions last November after criticising him repeatedly. Mr Mueller is investigating meddling by Russia in the 2016 US presidential election and whether Moscow colluded with Mr Trump's campaign to try to tilt the election in Mr Trump's direction, as well as possible obstruction of justice. Mr Trump denies any collusion. The Kremlin denies any meddling. Before being nominated, Mr Barr wrote a 19-page legal memo, which he shared with Mr Trump's legal team and Justice Department officials. It called Mr Mueller's probe "fatally flawed." Mr Barr has said he will not let himself be bullied by Mr Trump and will protect the integrity of Mr Mueller's investigation and make public as many of its findings as he can. However, Mr Barr has not promised to release Mr Mueller's final report in its entirety. He has warned he may not be allowed to reveal the identities of people who escape prosecution. That stance troubles many Democrats, who say Mr Barr's expansive views of executive power might lead him to suppress parts of the report. Despite Democrats' opposition, many are still anxious to have Mr Barr installed quickly so that he can replace Mr Whitaker, whose tenure has been fraught with controversy since the president installed him in November. Critics have alleged Mr Whitaker's appointment was unlawful. Democrats fear Trump installed him to undermine Mr Mueller's probe because Mr Whitaker had criticised it when he was a conservative pundit. Mr Barr is widely expected to back many of Mr Trump's tough immigration policies. He will also be under the microscope for how he implements a new law that eases prison sentences for non-violent criminals, after he advocated for the opposite, tough-on-crime approach for decades.



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William & Mary Cancels Northam Appearance amid Yearbook Scandal

William & Mary Cancels Northam Appearance amid Yearbook ScandalVirginia governor Ralph Northam’s previously scheduled speaking appearance at the College of William and Mary’s charter day and inauguration ceremony on Friday has been cancelled, the university announced Monday. Northam, a Democrat, came under fire on Friday after it was revealed that his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page featured an image of two men, one in blackface and the other in a Ku Klux Klan uniform. It stands in stark opposition to William & Mary’s core values of equity and inclusion, which sustain our mission of learning, teaching, and research,” College president Katherine Rowe said of the photo in a Monday statement.



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William Barr: Trump’s attorney general nominee to defend Mueller probe in testimony after attacking it in Justice Department memos

William Barr: Trump’s attorney general nominee to defend Mueller probe in testimony after attacking it in Justice Department memosDonald Trump’s nominee for attorney general will tell Senators at his confirmation hearing “it is vitally important” that Special Counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to complete his Russia investigation. William Barr is scheduled to face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, which will include his views on the special counsel’s probe into Russian election medlling and potential coordination between Moscow and the president’s 2016 campaign. Mr Barr will say he has known Mr Mueller for decades, respects him and believes he should be allowed to complete his work, according to the transcript.



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Make John McCain proud of the Senate. Demand promises from William Barr on Robert Mueller.

Make John McCain proud of the Senate. Demand promises from William Barr on Robert Mueller.Look to Watergate for the impact a confirmation hearing can have. Elliot Richardson's commitments led him to resign rather than bow to Nixon's demands.



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William Barr: Democrats to question attorney general nominee about criticism of Robert Mueller inquiry

William Barr: Democrats to question attorney general nominee about criticism of Robert Mueller inquirySenate Democrats plan to interrogate William Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, about his critical memo on Robert Mueller.



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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Expected to Leave Justice Department After William Barr Is Confirmed: Source

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Expected to Leave Justice Department After William Barr Is Confirmed: SourceNo date has been set and there is no formal plan for the departure



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Attorney general nominee William Barr shouldn't face opposition for honest legal memo

Attorney general nominee William Barr shouldn't face opposition for honest legal memoA legal memo by William Barr raising questions about whether Trump should be charged with obstruction of justice shouldn't stand in way of nomination.



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Rand Paul Calls Trump's Nomination Of William Barr For Attorney General 'Very Troubling'

Rand Paul Calls Trump's Nomination Of William Barr For Attorney General 'Very Troubling'Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday bashed President Donald Trump's nomination of



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