Trump is "very seriously considering" Barr, said one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no decision has been announced, adding that Barr is "someone very much on the president's mind".
Late President George H.W. Bush (right) listens to Deputry Attorney General William Barr at a White House ceremony announcing Barr's nomination to succeed Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.
While he has an extremely conservative record, Barr would also bring to the role seasoned experience and is well regarded in the legal community.
Barr is reportedly well-liked inside the administration and among Republican lawmakers. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., before Barr's hearing on November 12, 1991.
While everyone knows that Mr. Trump can change his mind in a heartbeat, the general feeling among those close to the matter, is that a decision on Barr could take place within a matter of days.
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Richard Cullen, who served as U.S. Attorney under Barr, describes him as a good pick for the role.
Barr said that not pursuing an investigation of "Uranium One" would be evidence that "the department is abdicating its responsibility". He has said that Mueller could have been "more balanced" in his choice of prosecutors, a majority of whom have either ties to Democrats or have made donations to them. I suspect that might be the case, and that Barr got chosen - at least in part - to avoid the issue.
Barr also said James Comey's firing was "understandable" and that he "crossed a basic line" and "transgressed" in his role as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Barr not only said that an investigation of this would be above-board, he claimed it was necessary in the interest of justice.
Trump heavily derided Mueller's team earlier this year for being comprised of many registered Democrats and Democratic donors.
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