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Trump's attorney general pick to face questions on criticism of Mueller probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, will likely have to explain his past criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election meddling at his Senate confirmation hearing starting on Tuesday.


Barr’s nomination is expected to win approval in the Senate, where he has broad support among Republicans who control the chamber. Barr could also benefit from the fact that some Democrats view him as a better option the man who currently holds the job, acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

In the advance testimony, Barr said his memo from last year did not question the legitimacy of the probe as a whole but only expressed concerns that Mueller might be improperly interpreting a law governing obstruction of justice.


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