President Donald Trump is considering William Barr, who served as US Attorney General for former President George H.W. Bush, to replace Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice.
People familiar with Trump’s deliberations told The Washington Post that Barr is the favorite to take over the job of US Attorney General. Sessions resigned at Trump’s request last month, and his Chief of Staff Matthew Whitaker has been the Acting US Attorney General.
If nominated, media reports said Republicans would likely respect Barr’s previous experience and Democrats would view Barr as a Republican lawyer with no particular loyalty to Trump.
Russia has repeatedly denied allegations of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, insisting that it does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. Trump and the White House have also repeatedly denied allegations of collusion.