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Senate Judiciary Committee Narrowly Backs William Barr to Become Attorney General

HeadlineFeb 08, 2019

The Senate Judiciary Committee has narrowly voted to approve William Barr’s nomination to become attorney general. Every Democrat on the committee voted against Barr, who previously served as George H.W. Bush’s attorney general. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials—including Elliott Abrams—for the Iran-Contra scandal. He also oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain Haitian asylum seekers. Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said, “This is not the time to install an attorney general who has repeatedly espoused a view of unfettered executive power.”

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