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4 Senators Bucked Party in Confirming William Barr

GOP's Paul and Democrats Manchin, Sinema, Jones went against grain on AG vote
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2019 1:03 PM CST
In this Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Attorney General nominee William Barr, right, meets with Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Hawley's office in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) William Barr is the new attorney general. The Senate on Thursday confirmed him 54-45 in a vote that fell largely along party lines, reports the AP. Three senators, however, bucked their party, with Republican Rand Paul voting against Barr and Democrats Joe Manchin, Doug Jones, and Kyrsten Sinema voting in favor, notes the Hill. During his confirmation hearing, Barr promised that he would not interfere with the Robert Mueller investigation, though Democrats weren't happy that he did not commit to making it public. The volatility of the post was made clear earlier Thursday when former acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe spoke of how the Justice Department, which Barr will lead, once considered trying to remove President Trump under the 25th Amendment. (Read more William Barr stories.)

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