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William Barr emerges as Trump’s leading attorney general candidate

William Barr emerges as Trump’s leading attorney general candidate

President Trump is close to nominating William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, to permanently succeed Jeff Sessions as head of the Justice Department, according to people close to the process.

Trump has had several conversations with Barr in recent weeks and “has already signed off on it,” said one person close to the administration, who cautioned that nothing is final until the president announces it. Like others familiar with Trump’s discussions, the person spoke on condition of anonymity to comment on internal deliberations.

Barr, 68, served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993. Since then, he has worked as a prominent corporate...

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