President Donald Trump's appointment of William Barr as the United States Attorney General has now been confirmed by Congress.
Barr passed with a 54 to 45 vote, mostly along partisan lines. The big questions that seemed to be centered around Barr's position on the Mueller probe, and whether the end-report will be released publicly or kept confidential. Additionally, it does not appear that Barr will be recusing himself as AG Sessions did, though he did promise to not fire Mueller without cause.
Back in the Saddle Again
For William Barr, this isn't his first time serving as the U.S.A.G. He previously served under George H.W. Bush from 1991-1993 in the same role.
However, for Barr, times have changed quite a bit since the first Bush administration, and he may find himself facing very different issues in these highly political and sharply partisan times. Fortunately though, given his predecessor, Barr is likely to see less resistance from the media as he has more moderate views on criminal justice reform and marijuana enforcement, two big issues for the public.
Notably, Barr is a known hardliner when it comes to immigration, praising President Trump's travel ban and former AG Sessions increasing removal prosecutions. And he vowed to take a hardline approach when it came to doing what he thinks is right.