UPDATED 9:08 AM PT — Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
President Trump is nominating former Attorney General William Barr to lead the Justice Department. He made the announcement while speaking to reporters Friday morning.
The president called Barr one of the most respected jurists in the country.
“He was my first choice from day one — respected by Republicans and respected by Democrats,” stated President Trump.
Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993, and reportedly has the support of several White House officials and senior attorneys.
If confirmed, he will replace Jeff Sessions, who was dismissed by the president last month.