WASHINGTON — William P. Barr on Tuesday cleared a crucial hurdle for his nomination as attorney general, virtually assuring his confirmation this week to take over the Justice Department — and oversee the investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia’s election-manipulation operations.
The Senate voted largely along party lines, 55 to 44, to limit debate on Mr. Barr’s nomination and move to a final up-or-down vote, likely on Thursday. It signals that he has enough support in the Republican-controlled chamber to prevail.
“When it comes to Bill Barr, I can only tell my Democratic colleagues, there is nobody better I know to recommend to you,” said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, ticking through Mr. Barr’s record on the Senate floor shortly after the vote.
A handful of senators broke ranks, however. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a libertarian-leaning Republican who had expressed concerns about Mr. Barr’s sweeping view of executive power, voted against him. But Senators Doug Jones of Alabama, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Democrats who represent conservative or swing states, voted for him.
The fight over Mr. Barr’s nomination has centered on demands by Democrats that he pledge to make public any final report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, describing the findings of his investigation, which is believed to be nearing an end. Mr. Barr pledged to be as transparent as possible, but he also said that he could not make any commitments, both because such a report might contain some information that must remain secret, such as grand-jury testimony, and because he did not know what Mr. Mueller might produce.
In defending that stance, Mr. Barr promised to obey Justice Department regulations for special counsel investigations, created by the Clinton administration in 1999 after the independent counsel at the time, Ken Starr, produced a lengthy and salacious report about President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. Those rules do not envision a lengthy report going directly from the investigator to Congress and the public. Rather, they envision a report to the attorney general, who then sends a separate notification to Congress explaining that the investigation has ended.
Republicans said they trusted Mr. Barr to keep his word and protect the investigation.
“I can promise you this, Mr. Barr will make sure Mr. Mueller can finish his job without political interference,” Mr. Graham said. “He said that. I believe that. And that’s how this movie has to end.”
Democrats at Mr. Barr’s confirmation hearing were not satisfied with his evasions, though, and the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to send his nomination to the floor last week fell along partisan lines. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, has also criticized Mr. Barr’s stance about the same issue, contributing to Democrats’ show of opposition to his confirmation in the cloture vote.
“He is another person who is going to be very loyal to the president,” Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii and a member of the Judiciary Committee who voted no, said in an interview. “He is a supporter of what is known as a unitary president, which is a president with a lot of powers, and we hardly need to give this president more powers than he already thinks he has.”
Nevertheless, Mr. Barr is virtually certain to be confirmed. That would bring him back for a rare second stint in the same cabinet-level position that he held in a previous era. Mr. Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993, under President George Bush, before spending the last quarter-century as a corporate lawyer — much of it with the telecommunications company that became Verizon.
It would also end a turbulent chapter in the history of the Justice Department that traces back to the decision by Mr. Trump’s first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, leaving the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, as acting head of the department for the purpose of that investigation.
Mr. Rosenstein appointed Mr. Mueller as special counsel and protected the investigation from interference, even as Mr. Trump raged at the Justice Department and repeatedly lashed out at Mr. Sessions for what he viewed as a betrayal. That tension reached a crescendo in November, the day after Democrats’ victories in the 2018 midterm election, when Mr. Trump ousted Mr. Sessions.
Breaking with the normal order of succession for the Justice Department, Mr. Trump then installed as acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, a White House loyalist with ties to a company that had been shut down for fraud. Democrats were deeply suspicious of Mr. Whitaker, who had openly denigrated the Mueller investigation and unsuccessfully interviewed in 2017 for the job of the chief White House lawyer charged with defending against it. Many saw his appointment as illegitimate.
Their criticism surged when Mr. Whitaker rejected the advice of career department ethics lawyers that he, too, recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation. At a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week, Mr. Whitaker testified that he had told Mr. Trump’s circle none of the information he received in briefings, and said he had taken no steps to interfere with Mr. Mueller’s work.
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump nominated Mr. Barr, who was known during the first Bush administration for his unusually strong interpretation of the presidency’s executive powers. That choice also attracted intense scrutiny. Among other things, Mr. Barr had publicly declared in 2017 that he saw more reason to investigate Hillary Clinton over a conservative conspiracy theory involving a uranium deal the Obama administration had approved while she was secretary of state than to investigate any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
It also emerged that in June 2018, he had taken it upon himself to write a lengthy legal memo for the Trump administration, which he also shared with Mr. Trump’s outside legal team, arguing that Mr. Trump wielded unchecked power to “start or stop a law enforcement proceeding” and so Mr. Mueller should therefore not be permitted to investigate whether Mr. Trump committed obstruction of justice for pressuring the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., to drop an investigation into a top aide.
But at his confirmation hearing in January, Mr. Barr walked back or qualified some of his early writings on executive power, putting greater emphasis on the Justice Department’s independence and legal limits on the presidency. And he vowed to let Mr. Mueller finish his work, saying he would resist any effort to fire him without good cause.B:
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【渝】【清】【已】【经】【准】【备】【好】【离】【开】【长】【安】【了】；【在】【这】【长】【安】【城】【中】【无】【论】【躲】【得】【多】【么】【隐】【蔽】【都】【是】【十】【分】【危】【险】【的】，【只】【有】【真】【正】【离】【开】【这】【是】【非】【之】【地】【才】【能】【放】【松】【警】【惕】。 【这】【几】【日】【虽】【然】【躲】【在】【哥】【舒】【家】【足】【不】【出】【户】，【但】【也】【听】【郑】【梨】【儿】【偶】【尔】【出】【去】【带】【回】【来】【一】【些】【消】【息】。 【幽】【州】【都】【督】【庐】【江】【王】【李】【瑗】【谋】【逆】，【被】【其】【女】【婿】【王】【君】【廓】【大】【义】【灭】【亲】【所】【杀】，【现】【在】【李】【瑗】【的】【家】【眷】【都】【被】【押】【解】【进】【京】【问】【罪】。 【王】【君】【廓】
“【是】【不】【是】【笑】【话】、【你】【自】【己】【清】【楚】，【朕】【只】【要】【一】【个】【答】【案】。”【紫】【薇】【沉】【声】【道】。 【当】【年】，【六】【御】【之】【名】【响】【彻】【天】【下】，【昊】【天】、【后】【土】、【勾】【陈】、【紫】【薇】、【长】【生】、【以】【及】【青】【华】。 【六】【位】【中】，【关】【系】【有】【远】【有】【近】，【大】【多】【只】【是】【点】【头】【之】【交】。 【而】【除】【了】【勾】【陈】，【与】【他】【关】【系】【最】【好】【的】，【就】【是】【青】【华】。 【或】【者】【说】【两】【人】【之】【间】【的】【利】【益】【勾】【连】【最】【深】。 【一】【段】【时】【间】【内】，【连】【身】【为】【兄】【弟】【的】【勾】2017马会生肖号码【这】【一】【次】【他】【们】【很】【快】【就】【回】【到】【了】【夏】【侯】【君】【的】【住】【处】，【顾】【倾】【寒】【看】【了】【看】【近】【在】【眼】【前】【的】【建】【筑】，【笑】【着】【说】【道】：“【我】【知】【道】【你】【们】【已】【经】【很】【累】【了】，【所】【以】【有】【什】【么】【话】【还】【是】【等】【到】【休】【息】【好】【了】【再】【说】【吧】！” 【黄】【齐】【懒】【洋】【洋】【的】【伸】【了】【一】【个】【懒】【腰】，【笑】【着】【说】【道】：“【好】【吧】【好】【吧】，【我】【早】【就】【已】【经】【要】【被】【累】【死】【了】，【现】【在】【总】【算】【是】【可】【以】【好】【好】【的】【休】【息】【一】【下】【了】。” 【欧】【阳】【倒】【是】【有】【些】【欲】【言】【又】【止】【的】【看】【了】
【经】【过】【黑】【寡】【妇】【这】【群】【特】【工】【的】【套】【话】，【成】【功】【的】【获】【取】【了】【他】【们】【的】【真】【相】。 【他】【们】【是】【两】【三】【百】【年】【前】【的】【人】，【出】【生】【昆】【仑】，【手】【和】【会】【是】【他】【们】【创】【建】【的】，【虽】【说】【是】【为】【了】【统】【治】【世】【界】，【不】【过】【多】【次】【遭】【到】【阻】【碍】【之】【后】，【也】【因】【为】【时】【间】【的】【推】【移】【时】【代】【的】【进】【步】，【他】【们】【从】【统】【治】【世】【界】【变】【成】【了】【先】【找】【到】【龙】【骨】【给】【自】【己】【续】【命】【才】【是】【要】【紧】【事】【情】。 【至】【于】【统】【治】【世】【界】，【这】【事】【先】【往】【后】【面】【放】【放】，【得】【看】【有】【没】