The planned Senate court panel voted for William P. Barre's candidacy to serve as a general attorney, delaying for a week, as Democrats continue to express concern about whether to allow Special Adviser Robert S. Muller III to complete his investigation and
The delay that is common for high-profile nominees is not expected to prevent Bar's prospects from being confirmed by the full Senate. But this is the last reflection of the deep party tensions associated with Barr's nomination, most of which focus on Democrats wanting to protect Mueller's investigation from unjustifiable constraints.
The Commission postponed its vote for Barr as one of over 40 applications. is scheduled to vote on Tuesday, but decides to postpone its next meeting. Barr still refuses to promise to release Mueller's probe.
In his public testimony and in his written answers to the senators' question, Barr repeatedly refused to give the senators a firm guarantee that he will release Mueller's report to Congress and the public without editing. Similarly, he promised only to ask, but not necessarily, to listen to the council of the Ethics Council of the Ministry of Justice on whether to withdraw from the supervision of the investigation.
This is particularly disappointed by the Democrats, who raise the issue with the Bar Memorandum, written last year, claiming that when looking at the actions of Trump Mueller's campaign, it seems too broad to interpret the law of impediment to justice. Democrats fear the memorandum is proof that Bar served as General Counsel for President George H.V. Bush in the early 1
Although Bar said that as a former Advocate General he often judges on topics of the day, he admitted in a written response to lawmakers that he could not remember another case in which he sent such a note to the Ministry of Justice .
As he expects to return to his previous post in charge of the Justice Department, Bar met with more Senate Republicans than with Democrats. Still, it is unclear whether he could change Democrats' thoughts at extra meetings because the Democrats who met him behind closed doors have emerged that they are still unhappy with Bar's responses to Muller.
Democratic support needs to be confirmed. Under the changes to the rules adopted by the Democratic Senate in 2013, only a simple majority of Senators' votes should confirm the government's candidacy.
However, the voting of the delayed judiciary means that it will be difficult for the Senate to confirm Barr before current Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker is on Capitol Hill on February 8 to answer questions from the House Judiciary Committee on his supervision of Muller's probe.