US President Donald Trump told reporters Friday he is nominating William Barr, a former attorney general under President George HW Bush, to be the next Attorney General.
Barr has public experience in the CIA, Department of Justice, White House and as a clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He received degrees in government and Chinese studies from Columbia and graduated from George Washington Law. He served in both Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush’s administrations. He was a White House domestic policy staff member for Reagan and as Deputy Attorney General and later Attorney General for Bush.
Since Barr’s time in the Bush Administration, he worked as general counsel for GTE Corp., which merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon in 2000. Barr served Verizon until 2008. Barr currently works for Kirkland and Ellis.
If confirmed Barr will be the eighty-fifth Attorney General.