Alaska Senators to vote for Trump's AG pick William Barr

Attorney General nominee Bill Barr right meets with Sen. Josh Hawley R-Miss. a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve Barr’s nomination

Many Democrat lawmakers on Capitol Hill are anxious about whether Barr would recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

"I appreciate what Mr. Whitaker has done, but I think the time has come for new leadership at the department", Graham added.

But Barr has refused to promise that he will release the report in its entirety, citing Justice Department regulations that encourage prosecutors not to criticise people who they do not end up charging with criminal behaviour.

Support for a public release stands at 80 percent among Republicans who say they approve of the way President Trump is handling his job and 92 percent among Democrats who say they don't approve of how the president is doing his job. Dan Sullivan, R-AK, said he met with Barr Thursday to discuss issues related to Alaska.

Multiple legal and constitutional scholars have argued that Whitaker's appointment to acting attorney general was unconstitutional because he was not confirmed to the position by the US Senate.

The nomination now heads to the Senate floor, where Republicans have a 53-47 majority over Democrats and Democratic-caucusing independents.

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Barr came under scrutiny for sending an unsolicited 20-page memo to the Department of Justice criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller probe's line of investigation into possible obstruction of justice.

Attorney General nominee William Barr met with several senators on January 29.

Barr's confirmation is expected in the Republican-controlled Senate, though his nomination encountered resistance Thursday from Democrats concerned by Barr's expansive views of executive authority and by his non-committal stance on making public Mueller's findings.

In their opposition, Democrats cited a memo Barr wrote previous year to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before he was nominated objecting to the obstruction aspect of the Mueller probe as "fatally misconceived" and said, "Mueller should not be permitted to demand that the President submit to interrogation about alleged obstruction". In the memo, Barr wrote that Trump could not have obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey since it was an act the president was constitutionally entitled to take.

"At a time when our shared principles of equal protection and civil rights for all are under assault, we need an Attorney General who will rise to the challenge of defending them. I don't know what Bob Mueller is writing", Barr said at his hearing last month. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said.

The Republican president has repeatedly criticised the investigation as a "witch-hunt" and denies any collusion with Moscow.

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