U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today met with former Attorney General Bill Barr, who President Trump has nominated to serve in that same role in his administration. Barr was first nominated by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 and was at the time unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. His nomination was noncontroversial, and he was later confirmed by voice vote on the Senate floor. Barr’s nomination is expected to be favorably reported out of the Judiciary Committee this week.
“I first want to thank Bill Barr for his willingness to reenter public service,” said Thune. “This is an important role, and, if confirmed, he will lead the Department of Justice at a significant moment in our history. Having previously held this position, there’s no doubt he’s qualified to serve once again, and after learning more about him and hearing his vision for the Department of Justice, I look forward to supporting his nomination when it comes before the full Senate.”