William Barr was approved by the US Senate as the new Attorney General on Thursday.
Matt Schlapp (photo, right, with President Trump), who is spouse to White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp, took to Twitter to announce what many are seeing as news that Barr will end the Mueller investigation.
The talk around Washington these days, is that the Mueller investigation is winding down.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called Mr Barr's confirmation "a major victory for justice and the rule of law in America". "By anybody, whether it's editorial boards, Congress or the president", he said. Trump ousted Sessions last November after criticizing him repeatedly.
Barr pledged to allow Mueller to complete his work, but Democrats largely voted against the nominee.
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A year ago he sent an unsolicited legal opinion to the Justice Department and White House arguing that Mueller had no grounds to investigate Trump for obstruction of justice based on the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017. Mr. Barr also served as the Deputy Attorney General from 1990 to 1991 and as the Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Counsel from 1989 to 1990.
Trump abruptly removed Comey amid rising tension over the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.
Barr's stance on criminal justice, however, appear to have evolved since he endorsed a Justice Department publication titled "The Case for More Incarceration" in 1992, when violent crime rates hit record highs in the country.
"I will not be bullied into doing anything that's wrong".
"To the American people, you can go to bed here soon knowing that the Department of Justice is in good hands", Graham said.
Alabama Sen. Doug Jones had said definitively before the fact that he would vote for Barr and he was as good as his word.