Covered up Barr Trump
The US Senate has confirmed the lawyer proposed by President Donald Trump, William Barr, as the new attorney general. The chamber of the US Congress voted on Thursday with a narrow majority for the personnel - supported by the votes of the Republicans.
Barr becomes the chief employer for the Russia investigations of special investigator Robert Mueller. Mueller's team is investigating whether there were secret agreements between Moscow and Trump's campaign camp in the alleged Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The investigation is extremely uncomfortable for Trump. He regularly scourges them as "witch hunts".
Barr had not fully confirmed at his Senate hearing that Mueller's final report on his investigation would be made public. He may just disclose the results, Barr said. This would fuel speculation about a possible cover-up of the investigation results.
Barr on Trump's side in Russia affair
Barr had sided with Trump before his nomination and criticized the Mueller investigation. As a result, the Democrats complained that Barr was unfit to oversee the investigation. The 68-year-old already has experience with the department: from 1991 to 1993 he was Minister of Justice under the then Republican President George Bush.
Barr succeeds Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom Trump ousted from office shortly after the mid-term elections in November. Sessions had fallen out of favor with Trump a long time ago because he had completely stayed out of the Russia investigation. The president, on the other hand, had wished that the head of department would protect him from the investigations. On a provisional basis, Trump had appointed a confidante, Matthew Whitaker, to head the ministry.
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