NPR, January 15, 2019
President Trump’s choice to lead the Justice Department, William Barr, is likely to enter a contentious scene when he answers questions from lawmakers beginning Tuesday morning.
Barr, who previously served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing.
Senators are sure to question him about a number of legal issues, but his opinions on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation may dominate major portions of the hearing.
Barr attempted to reassure those worried by his criticism of Mueller’s office by releasing written testimony on Monday in which he vowed to permit Mueller to complete his work investigating the Russian attack on the 2016 election.
Mueller is determining whether any Americans played any role in that attack and The New York Times has reported that may include a direct look at Trump himself. Speaking to reporters Monday, the president denied that he has been trying to conceal details about his discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin after a pair of explosive press reports over the weekend.