PHOTO: President George H. Bush gestures while talking to Attorney General William Barr in the Oval Office of the White House, May 4, 1992 in Washington.
In a 1992 speech, Barr made clear an attorney general's oath was not to the president, but to the country. He now Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. "With an investigation as sensitive as the one involving Clinton, the ultimate decision-making is reserved to the attorney general or, when the attorney general is recused, the deputy attorney general".
Barr, a lawyer who was previously attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under the late President George HW Bush, has defended Trump's controversial decision to fire then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 when Comey was leading the Russian Federation probe.
Barr was attorney general between 1991 and 1993, serving in the Justice Department at the same Mueller oversaw the department's criminal division.
Mr Barr has voiced disapproval over some aspects of the inquiry but his views on the investigation's legitimacy remain unknown. The Russia probe has long infuriated Trump, who calls it a "witch-hunt" and who has denied any collusion or any obstruction of justice.
The Washington Post first reported the news.
"In my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party", Barr said.
Barr's confirmation process in the Senate will likely still take weeks.
CBN's Brody: If Trump Picks Barr As AG, How Will Bush-Lauding Dems Handle a Former Bush Pick? "(Barr) may be the kind of person who would be easier to confirm".
His answer reportedly surprised then-Sen. Respected by Republicans. Respected by Democrats.
From Verizon Communications to GTE Corporation, Barr spent more than 14 years working in senior corporate positions following his career at the Justice Department, according to his biography.
Barr was the general counsel of GTE when I represented that company (as one of dozens of lawyers from at least four law firms to do so) in contentious litigation following the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Barr, a Columbia University graduate, worked at the Central Intelligence Agency while attending the George Washington University Law School at night.
USA intelligence agencies have concluded Moscow worked to influence the election and tip it in Trump's favour.