WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who served under former President George H.W. Bush, may soon return to the job, according to the Washington Post, which reported that he is the leading candidate for permanently replacing Jeff Sessions.
The Post also said on Thursday that President Donald Trump could choose his nominee for Attorney General in coming days, and that Trump had told advisers he plans to nominate Barr. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.
Sessions departed from the role last month, with Trump moving Matthew Whitaker in temporarily as the government’s top lawyer. With the current session of Congress set to soon end, anyone Trump nominates could have to wait until well into 2019 for confirmation
Barr has worked in the private sector since serving as Attorney General from 1991 to 1993, retiring from Verizon Communications in 2008.
Reporting by Lisa Lambert, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien and David Gregorio
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